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NCJ Number: 97449 Find in a Library
Title: Rape Reform and Criminal Justice Processing
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:31  Issue:2  Dated:special issue (April 1985)  Pages:191-205
Author(s): K Polk
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 15
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: One goal of criminal law reform regarding rape has been to enhance convictions.
Abstract: Data from California, in which several such reforms have been introduced, indicate that between 1975 and 1982: (1) police clearance rates for rape have remained relatively unchanged; (2) the rate of court filings for rape increased slightly; (3) the probability of a conviction once a case reached court was relatively unchanged; but that (4) there was a strong upward trend for cases of rape (and other serious felonies) to lead to an institutional sentence. Questions are raised about whether these 'deep-end' effects meet the intent of rape law reform. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): California; Law reform; Legislative impact; Rape
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