November 5 - November 5, 2007 Courts, Prosecution,...

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November 5, 2007 Courts, Prosecution, Sentencing 2) Agitate/Challenge our notion of Criminal Justice in the U.S. a) Prosecutorial Discretion & Sentencing Guidelines: At the heart of the 2 issues are multiple questions: i) Is justice local? ii) What is the purpose of prosecution & punishments – Just deserts, crime control? iii) Is it fair? Is it procedurally fair that 2 crimes under the same law are treated differently? iv) What factors contribute to that differential treatment? b) Steps of process to actually get to court i) Pre-Criminal Justice events that lead to crime (1) Criminological Theories (2) Many factors that contribute to criminality ii) Crime has to be committed and reported (1) Many crimes are not reported “dark figure” of crime (2) Police also may choose not to respond or may respond and not write a report (3) Police proactively initiate report – *police activity is often not equally dispersed*
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