The Role of Discretion in the Criminal Justice System

@inproceedings{Kessler1997TheRO,
  title={The Role of Discretion in the Criminal Justice System},
  author={D. P. Kessler and Anne Morrison Piehl},
  year={1997}
}
Although a substantial body of research suggests that the discretion of discretion of actors in the criminal justice system is important, there is disagreement in the existing empirical literature over its role. Studies in this literature generally hypothesize that discretion plays one of two roles: either it serves as the means by which changing broad social norms against crime causes changes in sentencing patterns, or it serves as the means by which internal social norms of the criminal… CONTINUE READING