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NCJ Number: NCJ 242464    
Title: Prosecution in Washington State (From Prosecutors and Politics: A Comparative Perspective, P 167-210, 2012, Michael Tonry, ed. - See NCJ-242458)
Author(s): David Boerner
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 44
  Annotation: This paper examines the role of the prosecutor in Washington State.
Abstract: The prosecution function in Washington State is carried out by 39 locally elected county prosecuting attorneys who operate autonomously both from each other and from any central State authority. The results are in some ways paradoxical. At the State level, policymaking is premised on ideas of policy rationality and equal treatment. Washington has long been a leader in development of innovative sentencing and parole initiatives and policies. Prosecutors have played influential roles in their development and have worked to constrain the influence of populist political pressures. Prosecutors long ago developed statewide prosecution guidelines, and local prosecutors’ offices have been national leaders in developing internal office policies aiming at consistent and principled handling of criminal cases. At the same time, however, prosecutors have vigorously opposed State initiatives that would limit their discretion. Prosecutors are locally elected and respond to prevailing social and cultural attitudes. As a result, prosecution policies, practices, and patterns vary widely between counties. So do sentencing patterns. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Prosecutors
Index Term(s): Prosecution model ; Prosecution ; Prosecutor training ; Washington
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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