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NCJ Number: 31659 Find in a Library
Title: IMPEDIMENTS TO EFFECTIVE POLICE-PROSECUTOR RELATIONSHIPS
Journal: AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(FALL 1975)  Pages:201-231
Author(s): D M MCINTYRE
Corporate Author: American Bar Association
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Association
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE MAJOR IMPEDIMENTS ARE CONFLICTING GOALS AND POOR INFORMATION FLOW: ONE EFFECTIVE SOLUTION IS TO SET UP A FELONY REVIEW UNIT THAT NECESSITATES INTERAGENCY COOPERATION IN SCREENING CASES PRIOR TO CHARGING.
Abstract: QUESTIONNAIRES WERE ADMINISTERED TO 247 POLICE AND PROSECUTORS ATTENDING A CONFERENCE ON POLICE-PROSECUTOR RELATIONS. THE FIRST SECTION OF THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES THE DATA ON WHETHER PROSECUTORS AND POLICE TRANSMIT ADVICE TO EACH OTHER ON JOINT AGENCY PROBLEMS. THE INQUIRY REVEALS THAT THE TWO AGENCIES COOPERATE TO A GREATER OR LESSER DEGREE, LARGELY DEPENDING ON THE SPECIFIC PROBLEM INVOLVED. THE SECOND SECTION COVERS THE TRANSACTIONS IN WHICH POLICE AND PROSECUTORS INEVITABLY MAKE CONTACT. IT DESCRIBES THE LIKELY SOURCES OF TENSION AND FRICTION BETWEEN THE TWO AGENCIES IN SETTINGS SUCH AS CASE SCREENING, POLICE TRAINING, AND TRIAL PREPARATION. THE THIRD SECTION DISCUSSES REASONS UNDERLYING THE CONFLICT AND DESCRIBES CHICAGO'S FELONY REVIEW UNIT AS THE PANACEA FOR MANY OF THE IMPEDIMENTS TO EFFECTIVE INTERAGENCY COOPERATION. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Failure factors; Felony; Illinois; Interagency cooperation; Plea negotiations; Police prosecutor relations; Pretrial procedures; Prosecutorial discretion; Prosecutorial screening
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