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NCJ Number: 158208 Find in a Library
Title: Judge's Role in Plea Bargaining: An Analysis of Judges' Agreement With Prosecutors' Sentencing Recommendations
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:257-278
Author(s): A P Worden
Date Published: 1922
Page Count: 22
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used data from Georgia's Superior Courts to examine the impact of attitudes, professional socialization, and court environment on judges' acceptance of prosecutorial recommendations for sentences in felony cases.
Abstract: The judicial attitudes measured here related to the trade-off between the values of crime control and due process, plea bargaining, and defendants. The results showed that judges' attitudes about the leniency and coerciveness of plea bargaining, and about the trade-off between crime control and due process, had only a moderate effect on their willingness to cooperate with prosecutors' attempts to negotiate pleas. The measure of judges' attitudes toward defendants had no influence on their behavior. It also appeared that judges' career socialization experiences, and their current working relationships with prosecutors and probation officers had little effect on their courtroom practices. 1 table, 14 notes, and 77 references
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Georgia (USA); Judicial attitudes; Plea negotiations; Sentencing recommendations
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