Officials’ Evaluations of Rape Cases
The results of our time-series analyses revealed that the rape law reforms did not produce the types of instrumental results anticipated by reformers. In five of the six jurisdictions, there were no effects that could be attributed to the substantive changes in the laws. Predicted results were found only in the jurisdiction (Detroit) with the strongest and most comprehensive changes; there we found a significant increase in the number of reports of rape and in the ratio of indictments to reports.
KeywordsSexual History Rape Case Victim Characteristic Criminal Justice Official Prior Criminal Record
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