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NCJ Number: 99659 Find in a Library
Title: Class Bias in Prosecutions
Journal: Howard Journal  Volume:24  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1985)  Pages:176-199
Author(s): A Sanders
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 24
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The police prosecute most detected offenses, and caution very few.
Abstract: Agencies which enforce safety, pollution, fraud, and tax laws prosecute very rarely; other enforcement methods are used which are comparable with police cautions. Consequently, working class crime is prosecuted frequently while middle class crime is not. This article compares prosecution practices in the police and the Factory Inspectorate by drawing on recent E.S.R.C.-financed research on police prosecutions. It concludes by evaluating various justifications and explanations for those differences. Class bias is not deliberate. Rather, it is a product of considerations that are inevitably influential in a capitalist society. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Class discrimination; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Police decisionmaking; Prosecution by police; Prosecutorial discretion; Rural policing; Rural urban comparisons; Urban policing
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