The Oxford Handbook of Prosecutors and Prosecution

ISBN : 9780190905422

Ronald F. Wright; Kay L. Levine; Russell M. Gold
656 ページ
171 x 248 mm
Oxford Handbooks

The power of the modern prosecutor arises from several features of the criminal justice landscape: widespread use of law and order political rhetoric and heightened fear of crime among voters; legislatures' embrace of extreme sentencing ranges to respond to such concerns; and the uncertain or limited accountability of prosecutors to the electorate, the bar, or other political and professional constituencies. The convergence of these trends has transformed prosecution into an indispensable field of study. This volume brings together the work of leading international scholars across criminology, sociology, political science, and law - along with contributions from reform-minded practitioners - to examine a variety of issues in prosecutorial behaviour and the institutional structures that frame their behavior. The Handbook connects the dots among existing theoretical and empirical research related to prosecutors. Major sections of the volume cover (1) prosecutor performance during distinct phases of a criminal case, (2) the features of the prosecutor's environment, both inside the office and external to the office, that influence the choices of individual prosecutors and office leaders, and (3) prosecutorial strategies and priorities when dealing with specialized types of crimes, victims, and defendants. Taken together, the chapters in this volume identify the founding texts, discuss leading theoretical and methodological approaches, explain the scope of unresolved issues, and preview where this field is headed. The volume provides a bottom-up view of an important new scholarly field.


Foreword. Prosecutors' Changing Roles at the Hub of Criminal Justice
Hon. Stephanos Bibas
Preface. Prosecutors in All Their Contexts
Ronald F. Wright, Kay L. Levine, and Russell M. Gold
PART I: Phases of Criminal Proceedings
1. Public Prosecutors in Criminal Investigations: A Comparative-Law Study Stefano Ruggeri
2. Selecting Charges Matt Barno and Mona Lynch
3. Testing Charges Roger A. Fairfax, Jr.
4. Prosecutors and Plea Bargaining Brian D. Johnson and Raquel Hernandez
5. Disclosure, Security, Technology: Challenges in Pretrial Access to Evidence Darryl K. Brown
6. Prosecutors and Trials Alexander Heinze
7. Prosecutors and Sentencing Nora V. Demleitner
8. Prosecutors Post-Conviction Brandon L. Garrett
9. Accountability Courts and Diversion Programs Salmon Shomade
PART II: Working Environments and Relationships
10. Hiring and Learning Strategies in Prosecution Services Rasmus H. Wandall
11. The Necessity of Performance Measures for Prosecutors Lauren-Brooke Eisen and Miriam Aroni Krinsky
12. Specialized Units and Vertical Prosecution Approaches Cassia Spohn
13. Courtroom Workgroups: A Prosecutor, a Defense Attorney, and a Judge Walk into a Bar Milton Heumann, Rick Kavin, and Anu Chugh
14. Law Enforcement Organization Relationships with Prosecutors Daniel C. Richman
15. Bar Authorities and Prosecutors Bruce A. Green
16. Prosecutors and Their Legislatures, Legislatures and Their Prosecutors Russell M. Gold
17. The Relationship Between Prosecutors and Defenders Ellen Yaroshefsky
18. Victims and Prosecutors Amanda Konradi and Tirza Jo Ochrach-Konradi
19. Prosecutors and Voters Carissa Byrne Hessick
20. Community Prosecution and Building Trust Across a Racial Divide Ronald F. Wright
Part III: Prosecution in Specialized Contexts
21. Prosecutors and the Immigration Enforcement System Jennifer Chacon
22. Prosecuting Race and Adolescence Kristin Henning
23. Corporate Criminal Law Unbounded Miriam H. Baer
24. Law Enforcement Agent Defendants Stephen Rushin
25. Prosecutors and Misdemeanors Jenny Roberts
26. Prosecutors and National Security Kent Roach
27. Shrinking the Accountability Deficit in Capital Charging Sherod Thaxton


Ronald F. Wright is Needham Y. Gulley Professor of Criminal Law at Wake Forest University. Kay L. Levine is Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. Russell M. Gold is Associate Professor of Legal Writing at Wake Forest University School of Law.