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NCJ Number: 65163 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: POLICY GUIDELINES - EXERCISE OF PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION
Journal: PROSECUTOR  Volume:15  Issue:2  Dated:(NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1979)  Pages:132-136
Author(s): K E NORTH
Corporate Author: National District Atorneys Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National District Atorneys Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PROPOSED POLICY GUIDELINES FOR THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF LAW, TERRITORY OF GUAM, ARE PRESENTED AS A MODEL FOR PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION, A MOST CRITICAL PART OF THE PROSECUTOR'S FUNCTION.
Abstract: THE POLICY GUIDELINES DELINEATE THE DISCRETION EXERCISABLE BY THE PROSECUTION. THE POLICIES IDENTIFY THOSE AREAS WHERE PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION HAS BEEN RECENTLY USED BY THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF GUAM. WHERE SUCH EXERCISE OF DISCRETION IS PROPERLY A PROSECUTORIAL FUNCTION, PARAMETERS, GUIDELINES, AND ACCOUNTABILITY ARE ESTABLISHED. WHERE FORMERLY EXERCISED DISCRETION OR ACTIVITY IS NOT PROPERLY WITHIN THE SCOPE OF PROSECUTORIAL FUNCTION, SUCH DISCRETION IS ELIMINATED. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE POLICIES IS TO CLEARLY DEFINE THE PROSECUTORIAL ROLE AND TO AID IN ADMINISTERING JUSTICE EVENHANDEDLY. JUSTICE SHOULD NOT FLUCTUATE UPON THE IDENTITY OF A PARTICULAR PROSECUTOR. THUS, UNIFORM POLICIES MUST BE ESTABLISHED. THE GUIDELINES COVER PRECHARGE INVOLVEMENT OF PROSECUTORS, THE DECISION TO PROSECUTE, BAIL RECOMMENDATIONS, PLEA NEGOTIATIONS, PRETRIAL GUIDELINES, SENTENCE NEGOTIATIONS, AND PRESS RELATIONS. (PRG)
Index Term(s): Bail/Financial Release; Guam; Plea negotiations; Press relations; Pretrial procedures; Prosecution model; Prosecutorial discretion; Sentencing/Sanctions
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