6%20November%20356%20Intro%20Criminal%20Courts

6%20November%20356%20Intro%20Criminal%20Courts - CRIMINAL...

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1 CRIMINAL COURTS Thinking about “Plea Bargaining” What it is and what it isn’t Its socio-political context http://www-polisci.tamu.edu/faculty/flemming/ But…first a look at victimization rates
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2 Victimization rates for property crimes, especially theft, are much higher than for personal crimes. And within personal crimes, simple assault have the highest victimization rate
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3 The key to understanding the criminal justice system is to … Recognize the multiple points of discretionary power, which encourages diversity in policies and practices in criminal courts (1) Vast majority of felony convictions occur in state courts. (2) Violent felonies account for 4% of convictions in federal courts compared to 19% in state courts. (3) Incarceration rates are higher in federal courts, 83% vs. 69% in state courts. (4) Federal sentences are longer, 5 years vs 3 years in state courts. Comparing Federal and State Courts: Felony Dispositions in the Two Court Systems
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4 (1) Convictions are mostly guilty pleas, except for murder (2) Misdemeanor convictions account for 12% of dispositions, especially property and
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course POLS 356 taught by Professor Flemming during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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