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Criminal justice system

St. Mary's University

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Why The Criminal Justice System Can't Control Crime, Gerald S. Reamey Apr 1990

Why The Criminal Justice System Can't Control Crime, Gerald S. Reamey

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Time Changes: Growing Complexity In Texas Sentencing Law, John M. Schmolesky Jan 1990

Time Changes: Growing Complexity In Texas Sentencing Law, John M. Schmolesky

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The Seventieth Legislature made criminal sentencing guidelines more onerous, but a number of factors combined to undercut its impact. These changes made the relationships between the legislative, judicial, and administrative components of the criminal justice system become increasingly complex, often resulting in one agency undercutting the decisions of another. Because of the complex web of agencies that have a role in determining the disposition of a convicted defendant, changes in the rules of sentencing must be analyzed at several different levels to determine their true impact.

Despite the apparently more punitive thrust of the new legislation, no clear policy direction ...


The Skeleton In The Closet: The Battered Woman Syndrome, Self Defense, And Expert Testimony, Victoria M. Mather Jan 1988

The Skeleton In The Closet: The Battered Woman Syndrome, Self Defense, And Expert Testimony, Victoria M. Mather

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The criminal justice system must deal fairly, through the use of expert testimony, with the battered woman who strikes back at her abuser with deadly results. Society-at-large does not understand the battered woman, the batterer, and their relationship; historically, the criminal justice system’s response to the predicament of the battered woman has been ineffective.

The use of expert testimony in homicide cases where an allegedly battered wife kills her abuser and then claims self-defense is a controversial proposition. The evidence, however, shows that women are frequently the victims of abuse, that patterns of behavior associated with battering relationships usually ...