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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
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053264
Page Count: 12
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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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