Title

Attitudes and Practices of Federal Probation Officers Towards Pre-plea Trial Investigative Report Policy

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Keywords

Criminology & Penology

Abstract

Federal courts rely on information contained in pre-sentence investigations to determine sentence length. However defendants do not have access to this prior to entering a plea. Thus many offenders have received sentences longer than what was anticipated during plea negotiations. The authors surveyed chief federal probation officers (n = 96) to measure the feasibility of pre-plea reports being prepared. The 68% response rate provided strong indication of practices and attitudes. Despite the increased work associated with such a system, some support does exist for the concept. Further; most respondents acknowledged that such a system would be beneficial to defendants.

Publication Title

Crime & Delinquency

Volume

41

Issue/Number

3

Publication Date

1-1-1995

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

364

Last Page

377

WOS Identifier

WOS:A1995RE027000062

ISSN

0011-1287

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