ERIC Number: ED160925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
What Happens After Arrest? A Court Perspective of Police Operations in the District of Columbia.
Forst, Brian; And Others
The problem of arrests not ending in conviction is described in terms of its magnitude and costs. Three major aspects of the role of the police in influencing what happens after arrest are studied. Factors such as tangible evidence and witnesses are influenced by the time between the offense and the arrest. The characteristics of the officers whose arrests end in convictions are contrasted with those of other officers. Differences between arrest criteria and conviction criteria are examined from the context of the legal and institutional framework within which they are processed. Findings are discussed in terms of innovations such as the giving of legal aid by the Office of General Counsel to the entire police department and members of the police-prosecutor teams. Such innovations require a broader perspective of the officer's role than has been traditionally assumed by the police. (BN)
Descriptors: Costs, Court Litigation, Criminology, Legal Problems, Officer Personnel, Performance Factors, Personnel Evaluation, Police, Police Action, Public Service Occupations, Research Projects, Role Perception
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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: N/A