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Title: THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF THE PROSECUTOR
Author(s): B E FORST; K B BROSI
Corporate Author: INSLAW
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: INSLAW
Washington, DC 20005
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 74-NI-99-0008
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS PAPER SETS FORTH A RATIONALE FOR PROSECUTORIAL DECISION-MAKING AND TESTS THE DEGREE TO WHICH THIS RATIONALE IS USED IN A LARGE URBAN PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE.
Abstract: THE RATIONALE, BASED ON A STANDARD INVESTMENT MODEL, INCORPORATES REDUCING FUTURE CRIMES AS AN OBJECTIVE TOWARD WHICH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY CAN ALLOCATE RESOURCES TO CASES. IT IS SHOWN THAT A PROSECUTOR WITH SUCH AN OBJECTIVE WILL CONCENTRATE MORE RESOURCES ON CASES INVOLVING DEFENDANTS WITH MORE EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL HISTORIES, CASES INVOLVING MORE SERIOUS OFFENSES, AND CASES FOR WHICH THE PROBABILITY OF CONVICTION IS MORE RESPONSIVE TO THE ALLOCATION OF PROSECUTIVE RESOURCES. ASPECTS OF THIS THEORY ARE TESTED EMPIRICALLY, AND IT IS FOUND THAT WHILE THE PROSECUTOR'S DECISION TO CARRY FELONY CASES FORWARD APPEARS TO BE QUITE SENSITIVE TO THE STRENGTH OF THE EVIDENCE AND, TO A LESSER EXTENT, THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE OFFENSE, IT APPEARS TO BE INDEPENDENT OF THE EXTENSIVENESS OF THE DEFENDANT'S CRIMINAL HISTORY. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Caseloads; Court case flow management; Criminal histories; Decisionmaking; Mathematical modeling; Operations research; Prosecution; Prosecution model; Prosecutorial discretion; Prosecutors
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