Criminology : Criminal Trials

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Criminology

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Criminal Trials

Which of the following is not an action where prosecutors exercise discretion?

Possible Answers:

Filing charges or petitions for adjudication 

Dropping cases

Reducing charges 

Seeking indictments 

Imposing sentences 

Correct answer:

Imposing sentences 


Discretion in the criminal justice system refers to an agent's ability to have the authority to make decisions without reference to specific rules but rather by using their own judgement. This permits individualization in the administration of justice. Prosecutors cannot use discretion in "imposing sentences" this is left to the discretion of judges or magistrates. 

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