Einflussfaktoren bei Entscheidungen von Staatsanwälten:

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Are prosecutors influenced in their decisions and if so, are they aware of it? Swiss prosecutors (N = 179) responded to this question in a two-part study in forensic psychology. In the first part, they completed a questionnaire on the extent to which they are consciously aware of factors that influence their decisions. In the second part, they responded to vignettes of offenses with and without moral dilemmas. Prosecutors indicated whether these factors influenced their decisions and particularly, whether offenses with and without moral dilemmas had a different effect on the severity of punishment. The results confirm that "legally legitimate" factors such as "prior criminal record" and the "severity of the offense" strongly influence prosecutors while factors that are "not legally legitimate" such as "sex" and "nationality" of the accused have less of an influence on prosecutor’s decision-making. Their awareness of the differences between legally mandate factors and ethically biasing factors can be observed in how these factors were rated to influence their own and their colleagues’ decision-making. Prosecutors rated that they were more influenced by legally appropriate factors than their colleagues were. Conversely, their colleagues’ decisions were more influenced by non-legitimate biasing factors than their own. Increasing proscecutors’ sensitivity and awareness of factors that influence their decisions would result in better-balanced decision-making.
Authors Ludewig, Revital; LaLlave, Juan & Dematteis, Bianca
Projects Ludewig, Revital; LaLlave, Juan & De Matteis, Bianca (2009) Die Tätigkeit von Staatsanwälten aus psychologischer Sicht [applied research project]
Journal or Publication Title Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Kriminologie : SZK
Language German
Keywords Staatsanwälte, Entscheidung, Einflussfaktoren, Psychologie, Moraldilemma.
Subjects social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date September 2012
Publisher Stämpfli
Place of Publication Bern
Number 2
Page Range 29-44
Number of Pages 16
ISSN 1660-2501
ISSN-Digital 1660-2501
Depositing User Dr. Revital Ludewig
Date Deposited 04 Oct 2012 12:51
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:13
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/217075


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Ludewig, Revital; LaLlave, Juan & Dematteis, Bianca (2012) Einflussfaktoren bei Entscheidungen von Staatsanwälten:. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Kriminologie : SZK, (2). 29-44. ISSN 1660-2501


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