I met the following sentence in a dictionary.
In this respect, the outcomes of these cases may be contrasted with the much less forgiving reactions of juries in livestock theft prosecutions.
I'm a little confused by much less forgiving reactions. Does the author mean the reactions are forgiving or not forgiving? As I understand, less gives a negative sense, so less forgiving probably means not forgiving? But I doubt if I'm right. Hope someone could clarify a bit. Thanks in advance.