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NCJ Number: 120521 Find in a Library
Title: Aggregate-Level Examination of the Caseload Pressure Hypothesis
Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:259-283
Author(s): J D Wooldredge
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 25
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The idea that guilty pleas may be encouraged by attorneys to expedite court caseload processing implies that some defendants may be influenced to give up their constitutional right to trial.
Abstract: Some defendants may be denied an adequate determination of legal guilt if this is true. A very thorough aggregate level test of the caseload pressure hypothesis is presented built on previous research. Variation in structural and procedural characteristics across 101 Illinois circuit courts is controlled in this study which supports the idea that felony caseload pressures significantly covary with felony guilty plea rates. The study showed this relationship to be stable from 1973 to 1984. 1 figure, 6 tables, 32 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Plea negotiations
Index Term(s): Case processing; Caseloads; Court case flow; Illinois
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