Law, Society and Policy

Decision Making in Criminal Justice

Toward the Rational Exercise of Discretion

Authors: Gottfredson, Michael R., Gottfredson, Don M.

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The study of decisions in the criminal justice process provides a useful focus for the examination of many fundamental aspects of criminal jus­ tice. These decisions are not always highly visible. They are made, or­ dinarily, within wide areas of discretion. The aims of the decisions are not always clear, and, indeed, the principal objectives of these decisions are often the subject of much debate. Usually they are not guided by explicit decision policies. Often the participants are unable to verbalize the basis for the selection of decision alternatives. Adequate information for the decisions is usually unavailable. Rarely can the decisions be demonstrated to be rational. By a rationaldecision we mean "that decision among those possible for the decisionmaker which, in the light of the information available, maximizes the probability of the achievement of the purpose of the decisionmaker in that specific and particular case" (Wilkins, 1974a: 70; also 1969). This definition, which stems from statistical decision theory, points to three fundamental characteristics of decisions. First, it is as­ sumed that a choice of possible decisions (or, more precisely, of possible alternatives) is available. If only one choice is possible, there is no de­ cision problem, and the question of rationality does not arise. Usually, of course, there will be a choice, even if the alternative is to decide not to decide-a choice that, of course, often has profound consequences.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Overview

    Gottfredson, Michael R. (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • The Victim’s Decision to Report a Crime

    Gottfredson, Michael R. (et al.)

    Pages 15-46

  • The Decision to Arrest

    Gottfredson, Michael R. (et al.)

    Pages 47-78

  • Pretrial Release Decisions

    Gottfredson, Michael R. (et al.)

    Pages 79-112

  • The Decision to Charge

    Gottfredson, Michael R. (et al.)

    Pages 113-138

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Decision Making in Criminal Justice
Book Subtitle
Toward the Rational Exercise of Discretion
Authors
Series Title
Law, Society and Policy
Series Volume
3
Copyright
1988
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-9954-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-9954-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-42525-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-9956-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 308
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