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NCJ Number: 118523 Find in a Library
Title: Some Dangers of Policy Oriented Research: The Case of Prosecutions (From Criminal Law and Justice: Essays from the W.G. Hart Workshop, 1986, P 203-219, 1987, I H Dennis, ed. -- See NCJ-118520)
Author(s): A Sanders
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Sweet and Maxwell
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Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This analysis of the author's research on prosecutions is used to support the argument that when policymakers and institutions define a research project's central concepts, that research will be neither objective nor successful in fully understanding the subjects being studied.
Abstract: The research began in 1980 and sought to determine how often the police deviate from rules of evidence in deciding whether or not to prosecute, how often weak cases are prosecuted, and whether an independent body of prosecutors could reduce the numbers of weak and cautionable cases prosecuted. The research used interviews and an examination of 400 cases. However, the research became more acceptable as a management survey than as an academic survey. Since most of the cases were strong, the research gave unreasoned support to the idea that the prosecution process works fairly in general. Despite the problems in the research, it is important to use research for policy purposes. However, this will be effective only if policy does not define the problem in the first place. Notes.
Main Term(s): Research uses in policymaking
Index Term(s): Great Britain/United Kingdom; Police discretion; Prosecutorial discretion; Prosecutorial screening
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