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ERIC Number: EJ798068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 87
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Modeling Prosecutors' Charging Decisions in Domestic Violence Cases
Worrall, John L.; Ross, Jay W.; McCord, Eric S.
Crime & Delinquency, v52 n3 p472-503 2006
Relatively little research explaining prosecutors' charging decisions in criminal cases is available. Even less has focused on charging decisions in domestic violence cases. Past studies have also relied on restrictive definitions of domestic violence, notably cases with male offenders and female victims, and they have not considered prosecutors' decisions to pursue misdemeanor instead of felony charges--or vice versa. In response to these limitations, the authors collected data on prosecutors' charging decisions in 245 domestic violence cases filed by police officers in a Southern California city. They then examined the effects of victim, offender, and case characteristics on prosecutors' charging decisions. The authors found that (a) arrest and serious victim injuries were associated with prosecutors' charging decisions, (b) criminal charges were more likely in cases with male suspects, and (c) victim preference for prosecution was likely to result in felony rather than misdemeanor charges. Appended are: (1) Collinearity Diagnostics.(Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California