THE DECISION TO CHARGE: A PROTRACTED PROCESS
Many Americans believe that if they witness a crime, all they have to do is notify the police and the criminal will be arrested, prosecuted, and convicted. Few are aware of how involved they, as witnesses, will become in the process and how great their inconvenience will be.1 They soon realize that the mere witnessing of a crime will not automatically result in the conviction and incarceration of the criminal. The police will not arrest for every violation, notwithstanding the existence of statutorily imposed duties to arrest, nor will they even respond to every crime reported.2 This may come as a shock to most white suburban Americans, but not to the residents of inner-city, black ghettos.3____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Justice Is the Crime:Pretrial Delay in Felony Cases. Contributors: Lewis Katz - Author, Lawrence Litwin - Author, Richard Bamberger - Author. Publisher: Press of Case Western Reserve University. Place of publication: Cleveland, OH. Publication year: 1972. Page number: 89.
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