Serving the Law in Mayberry, R.F.D. Attitudes, Perceptions, and Practices of Small Town Prosecutors

David M. Jones, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Much of the limited knowledge we have of prosecutors and of prosecutorial behavior is based on studies of District Attorneys' Offices in large, central cities. While this is a very important part of our criminal justice system, it is not the only part. A large number of the District Attorneys' Offices found in this country exist in relatively small communities, and Nardulli, et al., in their book, Contours of Justice, show that size does some to matter, at least in "court communities." Using primarily the survey method, this paper will examine attitudes, backgrounds, and professional perspecties of small office district attorneys.

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