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ERIC Number: ED141655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Forcible Rape. A National Survey of the Response by Prosecutors. Prosecutors' Volume 1.
Battelle Memorial Inst., Seattle, WA. Law and Justice Study Center.
This report presents the results of a nationwide survey of current law enforcement practices in response to the crime of forcible rape. A total of 150 prosecutor agencies were sampled. Respondents were asked to provide information regarding their agencies' general policies and specific practices in the following areas: classification methods; factors involved in a rape; factors in decision making; staffing and procedures; interactions with victims and witnesses; victim services; adjudicatory processes; and innovative activities. Each of these areas was thought to represent an important dimension of planning and practice of forcible rape prosecutions. The research revealed great variations in pretrial procedures and in filing of forcible rape charges. Only a small proportion of rape cases was actually presented for trial on that charge--the results of extensive plea bargaining. In cities where the rape prosecution rate has increased substantially in recent years, prosecutors were more likely to have better forensic resources, more female deputies, and more special training for trial deputies. A copy of the Prosecutor Questionnaire is provided, as is a list of the Prosecutor Survey Respondents. (Author/JLL)
Descriptors: Aggression, Crime, Criminal Law, Law Enforcement, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Rape, Research Projects, Sexuality, Violence
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (HC $1.50, order number 027-000-00449-1)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Battelle Memorial Inst., Seattle, WA. Law and Justice Study Center.