The criminal laws define what constitutes criminal conduct. But prosecutors are the ones who decide which actions meet those definitions, who should actually be prosecuted and to what extent—and they have tremendous discretion in making these decisions.
So how do they exercise that discretion?
In December 2012, researchers from the Vera Institute of Justice released the results of a study, "The Anatomy of Discretion: An Analysis of Prosecutorial Decision-Making," that looks at how prosecutors make decisions about cases . . .
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