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NCJ Number: NCJ 241648     Find in a Library
Title: Examination of the Influence of Strength of Evidence Variables in the Prosecution’s Decision to Dismiss Driving While Intoxicated Cases
Journal: American Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:37  Issue:4  Dated:Winter 2012  Pages:562 to 579
Author(s): Tana McCoy ; Patti Ross Salinas ; Jeffrey T. Walker ; Lance Hignite
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 18
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study extends previous research examining the primary determinants of prosecutor’s decision to dismiss or fully prosecute focusing on driving while intoxicated cases.
Abstract: The majority of research examining prosecutorial discretion has focused on legal factors such as the seriousness of the offense or the extra-legal characteristics of the accused including race/ethnicity and gender. The amount of variance explained by court researchers, however, remains quite low. The present study extends previous research examining the primary determinants of prosecutor’s decision to dismiss or fully prosecute focusing on driving while intoxicated cases. The authors focus on the predictive contribution of the strength of evidence relative to legal and extra-legal variables. The data consist of 2,358 driving while intoxicated cases filed in Harris County, TX during the first 8 months of 1999. The findings strongly support the inclusion of strength of evidence variables in court research and further suggest their past omission may have attributed significance to spurious relationships. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.
Main Term(s): Prosecutorial discretion
Index Term(s): Judicial discretion ; Driving Under the Influence (DUI) ; Evidence ; Prosecutorial discretion ; Gender
   
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