Candace McCoy

in The Oxford Handbook of Crime and Criminal Justice

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395082
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This article seeks to urge scholars and policymakers alike to examine the questions: “Why is prosecution organized like it is, and why does it operate like it does?” Section I discusses definition and the sources of prosecutorial power. Sections II and III survey the sociological and legal literatures on prosecution. Section IV discusses plea bargaining. Section V discusses the historical origins and development of public prosecution. The last section offers a general theory of prosecution.

Keywords: prosecutorial power; plea bargaining; criminal justice system; public prosecution

Article.  15871 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Courts and Procedure

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