Prosecutorial Perceptions in Sex Offense Cases
Study Dates: 2002 Study Description: In 1996 the Utah Legislature passed Senate Bill 26, which rescinded mandatory minimum sentencing practices for sex offenses against children. Additionally, this legislation offered a non-mandatory prison offense category of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child. This offense, while a 1st degree felony offense, still retained a lifetime maximum sentence. Interviews were conducted with prosecutors to determine how they view their role in plea negotiating sex offense cases.