Course Description for Prosecution and Defense Procedure
Prosecution and Defense Procedure
Description: This course examines the operations and procedures of prosecution and defense attorneys. Prosecutorial discretion, the use of plea bargaining negotiations and the process of building a case and going to trial will be examined. The influence of factors like caseload size, differences in police operations, determinate sentencing, budget and jail costs, available social services for case diversion, defendant and victim characteristics, and political and re-election agendas on the operations and use of discretion of prosecutors will also be reviewed.