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Displaced Discretion? An Empirical Test of Prosecutorial Charge Bargaining Before and After the District of Columbia Sentencing Guidelines

dc.contributor.advisorWellford, Charlesen_US
dc.contributor.authorVance, Stephen Edwarden_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-19T06:50:53Z
dc.date.available2010-02-19T06:50:53Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/9908
dc.description.abstractThough significant research has found that sentencing guidelines systems have reduced sentencing disparity, few studies have examined whether sentencing guidelines have shifted discretion and disparity from judges to prosecutors. Using data from the District of Columbia Superior Court, this research examines whether charge bargaining practices changed after the District of Columbia Sentencing Guidelines. This study also examines whether legal, offender, and case processing characteristics had different effects on charge bargaining outcomes before and after the Sentencing Guidelines. The analyses show that, while there were changes in the plea bargaining process after the Sentencing Guidelines, there was not significant evidence of a displacement of discretion or disparity to prosecutors. Policy implications are discussed.en_US
dc.titleDisplaced Discretion? An Empirical Test of Prosecutorial Charge Bargaining Before and After the District of Columbia Sentencing Guidelinesen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentCriminology and Criminal Justiceen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledSociology, Criminology and Penologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcharge bargainingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolleddiscretionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolleddisparityen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledplea bargainingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledprosecutorialen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsentencing guidelinesen_US


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