Prosecutorial Decision-Making in Maryland: A Study of the Specific Factors Which Influence Prosecutors

Gerald Jeandron, University of Maryland at College Park

One of the most important yet neglected aspects in the field of criminal justice is prosecutorial decision making - namely, what factors contribute to a prosecutor's decision to either proceed with trial, plead, or forego prosecution altogether. Using Maryland prosecutors as a sample, surveys are analyzed to determine the weight given to specific factors which may enter into such decisions. It is hoped that this study will serve as a springboard for further research.

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Updated 05/20/2006