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The Sentence Bargaining of Upperworld and Underworld Crime in Ten Federal District Courts

John Hagan and Ilene Nagel Bernstein
Law & Society Review
Vol. 13, No. 2, Special Issue on Plea Bargaining (Winter, 1979), pp. 467-478
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Law and Society Association
DOI: 10.2307/3053264
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053264
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Abstract

This paper explores the use of different types of sentence bargaining tactics in ten federal district courts. We distinguish between proactive and reactive prosecutorial orientation, and hypothesize that proactive prosecution of upperworld crime is associated with more explicit sentence bargaining than is the reactive prosecution of underworld crime. We present evidence for and explanations of this relationship.

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