Narcotics Prosecutors as Problem Solvers
1 Stan. J. Crim. L. & Pol'y 1 (2014)
26 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2014
Date Written: 2014
When deciding whether and how to pursue narcotics cases, federal prosecutors should focus not on number of convictions or quantity of drugs intercepted, but rather on whether they are solving problems through the cases they choose. He first examines federal prosecutors' extremely broad discretion in selecting narcotics defendants and charges, as well as some of the negative effects of the failure to employ a "problem solving" rubric in the war on drugs to date. He then suggests a number of changes that such a rubric would bring to the way narcotics cases are pursued, including a change in the proxy that prosecutors use for defendant culpability from drug quantity to drug profits.
Keywords: war on drugs, criminal law, criminal sentencing, sentencing, prosecutors, narcotics
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