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Prosecutor pre-trial attitudes and plea-bargain behavior toward veterans with PTSD


Abstract Prosecutors are handling increasing numbers of criminal cases concerning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). How these prosecutors handle such cases may reflect their attitudes toward veterans or offenders with PTSD. In turn, their attitudes may affect perceptions of blameworthiness, as well as negotiations about sentencing during the pre-trial stage. The present study investigated the effect of a defendant’s military experience and mental health status (i.e., PTSD) on prosecutors’ offers at the pre-trial stage and their ratings of the defendant’s blameworthiness. Prosecutors’ offers were more lenient to stress-disordered veterans; specifically, they were offered more diversio... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Wilson, Jennifer Kelly / Brodsky, Stanley L. / Neal, Tess M.S. / Cramer, Robert J.
Subject posttraumatic stress disorder / PTSD / veteran / criminal justice / prosecutor / plea-bargain
Type Text
Language English
Identifier DOI: 10.1037/a0025330
Rights All Rights Reserved
Citation Kelly, J.O., Brodsky, S.L., Neal, T.M.S., & Cramer, R.J. (2011). Prosecutor pre-trial attitudes and plea-bargain behavior toward veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychological Services, 8, 319-331. doi: 10.1037/a0025330
Collaborating Institutions New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
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