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dc.contributor.authorRhind, Kathieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-12T16:51:50Z
dc.date.available2017-05-12T16:51:50Z
dc.date.issued1986
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/17588
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe state’s attorney has the sole discretion to initiate criminal charges. Only exceptional cases are subject to judicial review (Nissman and Hagen, p. 13). Taking this discretionary power into account, the question at hand is raised: Does the state’s attorney, when exercising his discretionary power, follow a structured decision-making process like one that is explained in the system’s model? The question is important because the state’s attorney has the power to determine the future of the individual. In exercising his power, the prosecutor has only one restraint: probably cause must be determined before charging the defendant (Nissman and Hagen, p. 13). In some cases, the prosecutor’s decision may ruin the individual’s life. Even if the individual is not convicted, his reputation may still be hurt. Without any checks on the prosecutor’s discretion, the individual who is not guilty does not have a chance to regain his reputation. This power of the prosecutor is unlimited. The problem here is that the individual’s right of due process may be denied.en_US
dc.format.extent43 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subjectpolitical scienceen_US
dc.subjectprosecutorial discretionen_US
dc.subjectcourt proceedingsen_US
dc.titleProsecutorial discretion : an exchange system's approachen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Political Scienceen_US


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