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Crime and Justice Prosecutors and Politics: A Comparative Perspective

by Michael Tonry

Part of the Crime and Justice Series

Crime and Justice Prosecutors and Politics: A Comparative Perspective Synopsis

Prosecutors are powerful figures in any criminal justice system. They decide what crimes to prosecute, whom to pursue, what charges to file, whether to plea bargain, how aggressively to seek a conviction, and what sentence to demand. In the United States, citizens can challenge decisions by police, judges, and corrections officials, but courts keep their hands off the prosecutor. Curiously, in the United States and elsewhere, very little research is available that examines this powerful public role. And there is almost no work that critically compares how prosecutors function in different legal systems, from state to state or across countries. Prosecutors and Politics begins to fill that void. Police, courts, and prisons are much the same in all developed countries, but prosecutors differ radically. The consequences of these differences are enormous: the United States suffers from low levels of public confidence in the criminal justice system and high levels of incarceration; in much of Western Europe, people report high confidence and support moderate crime control policies; in much of Eastern Europe, people's perceptions of the law are marked by cynicism and despair. Prosecutors and Politics unpacks these national differences and provides insight into this key area of social control. This new volume continues decades of innovative research published in the Crime and Justice series. The series provides expertise to enhance the work of sociologists, psychologists, criminal lawyers, justice scholars, and political scientists and explores a full range of issues concerning crime, its causes, and its cure.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780226009674
Publication date: 26th March 2013
Author: Michael Tonry
Publisher: University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Categories: Crime & criminology,

About Michael Tonry

Michael Tonry is director of the Institute on Crime and Public Policy and the Bennett Chair in Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. He is also a senior fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement.

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