The Instrumental Effects of Reform
Many rape reform advocates predicted that statutory changes in rape laws would affect the processing and disposition of rape cases. As discussed earlier, several aspects of the reforms led to predictions of instrumental change. Reformers anticipated that redefining the crime of rape and providing a range of charges would lead prosecutors to file charges in cases that might not have fit under traditional definitions. They also believed that definitional changes would increase convictions because the availability of appropriate lesser charges would facilitate plea bargaining and would discourage jury nullification by juries who were reluctant to convict for forcible rape.
KeywordsConviction Rate Legal Change Rape Case Original Charge Forcible Rape
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