Just 45 per cent of Irish adults have confidence in the effectiveness of the country’s criminal justice system, a Justice Department survey found.
According to the first Criminal Justice Public Attitudes Survey, trust was lower among respondents who had been a crime victim (37 percent) and those living in more disadvantaged areas.
Less than half of respondents (49 percent) were confident the department understands the public’s needs for community safety, and 40 percent felt it responded quickly to emerging crime problems.
A total of 61 percent of people surveyed in November and December 2021 said they were confident that those accused of a crime would be treated as innocent until proven guilty, while 60 percent were confident that fair, impartial decisions based on evidence would be made to be hit.
The poll, which included face-to-face interviews with a sample of 1,151 people, also found that 72 percent of respondents believed having more Gardaí on the streets would make them feel safer in their communities, while 43 percent ranked better street lighting as more important became .
About 51 percent of people said drug use or dealing was a major problem in their area, while 39 percent cited burglary or theft as the biggest problem. One in three said it was a big local problem when people were drunk or rowdy in public places.
Women were significantly more concerned about being attacked by a stranger than men, with 19 percent of women versus 11 percent of men expressing concern.
A total of 18 percent of women also worried about being mugged, compared to 11 percent of men.
One in seven respondents said they were afraid of burglary, theft or their car being broken into.
More than half (55 percent) of those surveyed agreed that gardaí are regularly seen in their area, although this number was lower in more disadvantaged areas (47 percent).
The report aims to provide an overview of public confidence in the criminal justice system and perceptions of crime and community safety.
https://www.independent.ie/news/fewer-than-half-of-irish-people-have-confidence-in-the-countrys-criminal-justice-system-42048958.html Less than half of Irish people have confidence in the country’s criminal justice system