Impact of Key Policies and Management Decisions on Case Outcomes

M. Elaine Nugent, American Prosecutors Research Institute

Despite the tremendous amount of discretionary power and influence of the prosecutor in the criminal justice system, there has been relatively little empirical or quantiotative study of the prosecutorial function. This paper presents recent research and findings in this area, using detailed time, activity, and disposition information from more than 1,000 prosecutors across the country. In particular, the impact of various plea policies, prosecutorial strategies, and organizational structures on case processing and outcomes will be discussed.

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