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An Agenda for Empirical Research in Criminal Justice: Criminal Process and Prosecution

29 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2010 Last revised: 4 Aug 2010

Jacqueline Hodgson

University of Warwick - School of Law

Andrew J. Roberts

Melbourne Law School

Date Written: July 29, 2010

Abstract

Over the last few decades, legislative regimes regulating police and prosecutorial power have altered, prosecution priorities have changed and the empirical research data available varies considerably across time and jurisdiction. However, a constant feature of the pre-trial criminal process in most countries is the exercise of discretion by police and prosecutors. How much discretion does the law allow? How is this controlled? Which factors influence the exercise of discretion, from ‘cop culture’ to the politics of prosecution?

Keywords: police, prosecution, pre-trial process, empirical research

Suggested Citation

Hodgson, Jacqueline and Roberts, Andrew J., An Agenda for Empirical Research in Criminal Justice: Criminal Process and Prosecution (July 29, 2010). Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2010/13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1650552 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1650552

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Andrew J. Roberts

Melbourne Law School ( email )

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