Prosecuting Sexual Assault Cases: Lessons from Los Angeles

11/07/2013 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Vera Institute of Justice
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On Thursday, November 7 Cassia Spohn, Foundation Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, presents research from a National Institute of Justice funded study in which Spohn and colleague Katharine Tellis investigated police and prosecutorial decision making in sexual assault cases. The study uses quantitative data on sexual assaults reported to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2008, and qualitative data from interviews with detectives and deputy district attorneys.Cassia Spohn is a Foundation Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She is the author or co-author of five books, including The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America and How Do Judges Decide: The Search for Fairness and Equity in Punishment. A sixth book, Policing and Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Inside the Criminal Justice System will be published in 2013. Her research interests include prosecutorial and judicial decision making, the intersections of race, ethnicity, crime and justice, and sexual assault case processing decisions.

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