Policing and Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Inside the Criminal Justice System

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2014 - Social Science - 246 pages
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Cassia Spohn and Katharine Tellis assess the criminal justice system┐s response to sexual assault, exploring the complex dynamics that shape the actions of police and prosecutors. The authors draw on unparalleled access to Los Angeles detectives, prosecutors, and case files to make sense of the factors that affect the outcomes of sexual assault claims. Following cases from victim report, to police investigation, to the decision to charge┐or not to charge┐they provide new insights into why shockingly few sexual assault claims lead to an eventual criminal conviction.

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Cassia Spohn is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She has published extensively on prosecutors' charging decisions in sexual assault cases, the effect of race, ethnicity, and gender on sentencing decisions, sentencing of drug offenders, and the deterrent effect of imprisonment. She is currently conducting a National Institute of Justice-funded study of police and prosecutorial decision making in sexual assault cases in Los Angeles.

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