Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of Suspect Gender in Prosecutorial Decision‐Making

  title={Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of Suspect Gender in Prosecutorial Decision‐Making},
  author={Rodney F. Kingsnorth and Randall C. MacIntosh},
  journal={Justice Quarterly},
  pages={460 - 495}
Utilizing a sample of 8,461 cases involving heterosexual intimate partner violence, this paper examines the role of suspect gender in prosecutorial decision‐making. Four decision points are assessed: the decision to file charges (versus rejection for insufficient evidence); to file as a felony (versus a misdemeanor or probation violation); to dismiss for insufficient evidence (versus full prosecution); and to reduce felony charges to a misdemeanor or violation of probation. Suspect gender was… 

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