June 11, 2015 | Featured, News

What role does evidence play in plea bargaining? A new study conducted by ISLG researchers Besiki Kutateladze and Victoria Lawson shows that it varies by type of evidence and type of plea offer.

In their new article published in Law and Human Behavior, Kutateladze and Lawson examine felony drug cases and find that prosecutors tend to make more punitive charge offers when they have audio or video evidence, eyewitness identification, prerecorded buy money used by an undercover officer in a buy-and-bust operation, or had recovered currency. The influence of evidence was more limited for sentence offers.