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Plea Bargaining in Sexual Assault Cases: Factors Affecting Successful Plea Bargains

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This article focuses on the use of plea bargaining in reported sexual assault cases, particularly the extent to which sexual assaults are pled down to non-sexual offenses. Official documentation shows that many victims do not report their victimization to the police and few rapists are convicted of their crime. Plea bargaining has become very prevalent in the criminal justice system, with as many as 90% of all crimes using this method of adjudication. Several theoretical perspectives are applied to the use of plea bargaining in sexual assault cases, with a major focus on game theory and courtroom workgroup theory. This project examined sexual assaults reported in a Southwestern, medium-sized metropolitan from January to December 2005; these files were tracked from the police departments that filed the reports through the district attorney’s office that filed the charges. The study assesses the extent of plea bargaining sexual assaults to non-sexual offenses, the most common charge plea bargained down to from sexual assault, and the factors associated with the odds of a successful plea bargain in sexual assault cases.
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Wilson, Virginia. "Plea Bargaining in Sexual Assault Cases: Factors Affecting Successful Plea Bargains" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov 13, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p201917_index.html>

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Wilson, V. T. , 2007-11-13 "Plea Bargaining in Sexual Assault Cases: Factors Affecting Successful Plea Bargains" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p201917_index.html

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Abstract: This article focuses on the use of plea bargaining in reported sexual assault cases, particularly the extent to which sexual assaults are pled down to non-sexual offenses. Official documentation shows that many victims do not report their victimization to the police and few rapists are convicted of their crime. Plea bargaining has become very prevalent in the criminal justice system, with as many as 90% of all crimes using this method of adjudication. Several theoretical perspectives are applied to the use of plea bargaining in sexual assault cases, with a major focus on game theory and courtroom workgroup theory. This project examined sexual assaults reported in a Southwestern, medium-sized metropolitan from January to December 2005; these files were tracked from the police departments that filed the reports through the district attorney’s office that filed the charges. The study assesses the extent of plea bargaining sexual assaults to non-sexual offenses, the most common charge plea bargained down to from sexual assault, and the factors associated with the odds of a successful plea bargain in sexual assault cases.

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