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NCJ Number: 89496 Find in a Library
Title: Accounts, Attitudes, and Solutions - Probation Officer-Defendant Negotiations of Subjective Orientations
Journal: Social Problems  Volume:30  Issue:5  Dated:(June 1983)  Pages:570-581
Author(s): J W Spencer
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 12
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Research on probation officers (PO's) has failed to recognize the existence of defendants' subjective orientations in sentencing recommendations following presentencing interviews.
Abstract: Tape recordings of interactions between PO's and defendants were analyzed to see how officers assess defendants' orientations toward their criminal behavior. Results showed that officers negotiate these orientations to obtain acceptable responses from defendants. In addition, officers use these responses to label defendants for the purpose of making sentencing recommendations. Footnotes and about 25 references are included. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Probation or parole officers; Sentencing recommendations
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