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The Instrumental Effects of Reform

  • Cassia Spohn
  • Julie Horney
Part of the The Springer Series in Crime and Justice book series (PSIC)

Abstract

Many rape reform advocates predicted that statutory changes in rape laws would affect the processing and disposition of rape cases. As discussed earlier, several aspects of the reforms led to predictions of instrumental change. Reformers anticipated that redefining the crime of rape and providing a range of charges would lead prosecutors to file charges in cases that might not have fit under traditional definitions. They also believed that definitional changes would increase convictions because the availability of appropriate lesser charges would facilitate plea bargaining and would discourage jury nullification by juries who were reluctant to convict for forcible rape.

Keywords

Conviction Rate Legal Change Rape Case Original Charge Forcible Rape 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cassia Spohn
    • 1
  • Julie Horney
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaUSA

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