Courtroom Communities: Criminal Case Processing and Sentencing Reform (2023)

Courtroom Communities: Criminal Case Processing and Sentencing Reform (1)

Movies and television have long portrayed criminal trials and sentencing as adversarial courtroom battles fought between the prosecution and defense in a drama-fueled quest for justice. In reality, the vast majority of criminal cases involve negotiated pleas with the final sentence determined through compromise rather than battle. These negotiations generally take place outside the courtroom and involve individuals who are skilled at working cooperatively using a combination of written and unwritten rules to move cases quickly and efficiently through the system. Working in tandem with law and formal policy, the unofficial rules are developed collaboratively and evolve over time, changing in response to legal reforms and external influences.

The entity within the court system responsible for implementing formal rules of operation — and developing informal rules — is often referred to as the “courtroom community.” Researchers James Eisenstein and Herbert Jacob formally articulated the concept of a courtroom community in their 1977 publication Felony Justice: An Organizational Analysis of Criminal Courts.[1] They later expanded the framework through a series of courtroom studies completed in collaboration with Roy Flemming and Peter Nardulli, wherein they developed and articulated a multifaceted theory of courtroom interaction to better understand the realities of felony case processing and differences across jurisdictions.[2]

Based on a theory of organizational dynamics, the courtroom community framework has been used to provide a better understanding of felony court decision-making, processing, and outcomes.[3] In recent years, the concept has been used to analyze the implementation of sentencing guidelines, mandatory minimums, and “get tough” sentencing policies in an effort to better understand how court adaptation affects the final outcome of legal and policy changes in the court system.[4] The framework provides valuable insight into the factors underlying differences in reform implementation and outcomes across jurisdictions subject to the same sentencing policies and laws.

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This article explores the courtroom community framework — its members, its goals, and its role in court operations and sentencing outcomes. Drawing from research on courtroom culture, the article highlights the critical need to consider the courtroom community when developing and implementing future criminal justice reforms.

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The Courtroom Community, Plea Negotiations, and Going Rates

Under the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, individuals facing felony charges are guaranteed the right to representation in court — regardless of their ability to pay. In order to uphold this protection, all states and the federal government offer a system of publicly funded defense, created to serve indigent individuals charged with a crime. However, in a system where the majority of those charged with a crime require this service, jurisdictions may not have the resources necessary to conduct extensive investigations or devote substantial attorney time to trial preparation. As a result, an estimated 90% to 95% of both federal and state court cases are resolved through plea bargaining.[5] Although it has been argued that the reliance on plea negotiations undermines an individual’s Sixth Amendment rights,[6] the practice reduces overall court costs and uncertainty, thus fulfilling one of the primary goals of the courtroom community.

The courtroom community has four shared internal goals: reduction of uncertainty with respect to case outcomes, expeditious handling of cases, maintenance of group cohesion, and doing justice.[7] Of these, the most critical goal is the reduction of uncertainty, as this minimizes the expenditure of court resources.[8] This goal is one of the primary reasons that felony case processing in action differs so dramatically from court operation as portrayed in the media. Instead of an adversarial process in which the primary goal is justice, felony sentencing is focused on reducing uncertainty and increasing expediency through the use of negotiated pleas. By offering individuals pre-negotiated sentences in exchange for a guilty plea, uncertainty — in terms of the case outcome and resources expended — is reduced for all parties. This system allows overburdened court systems to process most cases via plea negotiation rather than trial.

Under courtroom community theory, each courtroom establishes what are termed “going rates” for sentencing in routine case types to help streamline the plea process. Going rates are established by informal negotiation and agreement among courtroom actors and are applied differently depending on the strengths and weaknesses of each case. The majority of felony cases naturally fall into one of a number of standard categories in terms of the factors most frequently used to determine sentences: offense type, prior record, aggravating or mitigating circumstances, and strength of evidence. Over time, each court develops an informal sentencing “shorthand” — it assigns like sentences to like cases through the application of both formal and informal rules, thereby establishing a unique set of informal going rates based on case characteristics and what is deemed acceptable within that particular court system. This mechanism allows the courtroom actors to move the majority of cases through the system expeditiously, reserving limited trial-related resources for those cases that do not fit the norm or that present unusual legal challenges.

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By their nature, criminal trial outcomes are uncertain. Although it is true that an individual could avoid all criminal penalty if found not guilty, should they be found guilty, the final penalty is unknown — and would likely exceed the sanction offered in a plea agreement. Similarly, courtroom actors face an uncertain outcome when cases go to trial rather than being determined via negotiation. Thus, there is a clear incentive for individuals charged with a crime to accept a guilty plea — which comes with a predetermined sentence agreed upon by both the prosecution and defense. At the same time, the courtroom actors benefit from the plea process because the prosecution is assured a win, and the defense is spared the risk of an unknown outcome and expenditure of limited resources.

The Courtroom Workgroup

The courtroom workgroup, which includes all individuals who routinely play a part in the workings of the court and case processing, is the core of the courtroom community. However, the courtroom triad — a subset of the workgroup consisting of the judge, prosecutor, and defense — is most instrumental in determining going rates for felony cases.

The actors within the triad have significantly different roles and levels of influence over court proceedings. Although the judge is commonly considered to be the most powerful actor in the court system, the prosecutor wields the greatest power over case outcomes in a system reliant on processing cases via plea agreement. The role of the judge, who is often described as an administrator rather than a decision-maker, is limited to overseeing court activities and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and formal policy.

Importantly, the prosecutor determines the initial type and number of charges for each case. This is true for both trials and plea agreements. In so doing, the prosecutor establishes the upper limits of penalty possibilities — the starting point of negotiation. To ensure the best possible negotiating position for their office, the prosecutor generally brings the most serious supportable charges against the individual, even when lesser charges are an option. This makes a negotiated plea more attractive to the defense, which knows that the prosecutor can use their discretion to lower the charges and associated penalty if the individual accepts a plea rather than a trial.

Although individuals who are unfamiliar with the system may hesitate to accept a predetermined penalty at the court’s going rate, defense attorneys — who regularly interact with the other members of the courtroom workgroup — understand that it is generally in the individual’s best interest to do so in order to avoid the “trial penalty” that may be imposed should the plea not be accepted.[9] A trial penalty is essentially the imposition of a harsher sentence at trial than would have been received had the individual accepted a guilty plea. According to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, on average, an individual charged with a crime who goes to trial receives a sentence that is three times longer than the one they would have received if they had accepted a guilty plea.[10] This increased punishment can be achieved via legal manipulation and tools available to both the prosecutor and the judge. For example, the prosecutor might refuse to stipulate to relevant conduct and offense-specific behavior that may have otherwise reduced punishment, or they might include affiliated charges at trial that would not have been attached under a plea agreement. A judge — depending on the jurisdiction — could consider “obstruction” or deny “acceptance of responsibility” during the sentencing phase, resulting in increased sentence length. This trial penalty, though legal,[11] is an informal and discretionary mechanism — available to both the prosecutor and the presiding judge — that can be used to encourage a guilty plea.

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In addition to reducing uncertainty, plea-driven court processes also undermine transparency — an important tenet of criminal trials in the United States. When the determination of guilt or innocence shifts from a public forum to a closed-door negotiation, the process is hidden from public scrutiny and oversight. At the same time, the reliance on pleas arguably reduces the system’s responsibility for the punishment, while normalizing the circumvention of the rights of individuals charged with a crime.[12]

Local Legal Culture

Local legal culture refers to the larger environment in which the courtroom workgroup operates. This includes formal laws, policies, and structures; the informal norms and attitudes that govern court operation; and the external agencies and individuals that influence the activities and behaviors of the workgroup. In translating formal policy and law into practice, the courtroom workgroup must be attentive to law enforcement, legislative bodies, appellate courts, prison officials, the media, and political organizations, as well as the voting public. Numerous factors affect the manner and degree to which these external forces influence workgroup operation, including whether judges are elected or appointed, judicial term length, court size, perceived community values, local government structure, and state or federal sentencing statutes and policies.

Due to the evolving nature of sentencing legislation and courtroom policy, the methods by which the courtroom workgroup processes criminal cases are interpretive and dynamic. However, because the courtroom community operates within the larger legal culture, it must also be performative.[13] Not only must the workgroup ensure that cases are managed efficiently and in compliance with governing laws, but its members must also be viewed as responsive to the perceived interests of the community and sponsoring organizations. Prosecutors answer to their electorate and political party — particularly if they aspire to higher office — and judges must be responsive to voters or their appointing bodies.

Local influence over the courtroom workgroup and variation in jurisdictional characteristics mean that there is no single state or federal policy that can prescribe how courts operate. Although much of the courtroom community’s activity is closed to the public, the imposition of sentencing reforms — such as structured sentencing, policy guidelines, or mandatory minimum statutes — and the reforms’ ultimate impact, shed light on just how much the courtroom community affects court operations and sentencing outcomes from one jurisdiction to the next.

Sentencing Reform

The U.S. criminal justice system is constantly evolving and subject to ongoing reform efforts. Reform initiatives have varied widely over the last century and include a move away from indeterminate sentencing toward structured sentencing, widespread adoption of get tough era mandatory minimum statutes, and attempts at prosecutorial and plea-bargaining guidelines. Although the majority of these reforms alter sentencing practices and penalties to some degree, the results rarely meet the stated expectations of either the politicians who promoted them or the public at large. It has been argued that what were often described as the “unexpected consequences” of mandatory minimum penalties during the get tough era were, instead, the result of policies and laws that were written and implemented without an understanding or consideration of courtroom community dynamics. Conversely, the reforms could be characterized as very sophisticated mechanisms designed to work with existing courtroom dynamics — but with different end goals than publicly stated. Both prosecutors and legislators have acknowledged that mandatory minimum laws provide prosecutors with an advantage during plea negotiations, with one senator opposing their modification on the grounds that they have achieved their “intended goal” of pressuring individuals charged with a crime to cooperate with law enforcement.[14]

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The criminal justice system’s ability to adapt to sentencing reforms has been widely reported in the literature.[15] This adaptation usually takes the form of selective enforcement of new laws and policies, meaning that the system actors charged with implementing these reforms use their discretion to determine which of the eligible cases will be subject to the new laws and which will not. This is usually accomplished via prosecutorial charging policies — either formal or informal. Research examining the impact of sentencing reform and modification shows that the courtroom community adapts to mandated changes to reflect existing norms and the local legal culture. This holds true in jurisdictions adopting sentencing guidelines, mandatory minimum penalties, and plea or prosecutorial guidelines.[16]

Although a reform may be imposed at the state or national level, it is always implemented at the local level. Consequently, it is inevitable that reforms will be implemented with variation in sentencing patterns, sanctions, and resource requirements across sites.


The past 50 years of courtroom community and sentencing reform research makes it clear that reform does not occur in a vacuum. Instead, it is an evolving process affected both directly and indirectly by individuals, organizations, and systems operating within the sphere of the local courtroom. These entities — members of the courtroom community — have a vested interest in local court operation and will implement external change in a way that best serves that court. Although it may not be possible, or desirable, to institute reforms that are impervious to local manipulation, the importance and role of the courtroom community must be considered in order to craft effective policies and legislation.

About This Article

This article was published as part of NIJ Journal issue number 284.

Sidebar: NIJ-Funded Research on the Courtroom Community

NIJ recognizes the important role the courtroom community plays in criminal justice proceedings. Over the years, NIJ has supported various research to help the field better understand this role and how courtroom culture may affect the implementation of criminal justice reforms. This research includes the following studies:

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Reducing harsh prison sentences. Changing the drug sentencing policy surrounding the war on drugs. Decriminalizing certain laws, including drug policies. Prioritizing rehabilitation of offenders, especially juvenile offenders.

What are the five stages of the criminal justice process? ›

The chart summarizes the most common events in the criminal and juvenile justice systems including entry into the criminal justice system, prosecution and pretrial services, adjudication, sentencing and sanctions, and corrections.

What are the three major components of the criminal justice system? ›


What are some barriers to criminal justice reform? ›

Answer and Explanation: Some barriers to criminal justice reform are corruption, divided interests, and inefficiency. Many people want or have incentives to encourage the troubles in the prison sentence. For example, police have incentives to protect their own interests rather than the interests of society.

What is the goal of sentencing reform? ›

The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 [SRA] sought to establish sentencing practices that would eliminate unwarranted disparity, assure certainty and fairness, reflect advances in criminological knowledge, achieve proportionate punishment, and control crime through the deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation of ...

Should the criminal be punished or reformed? ›

Criminal cases should receive punishment according to the severity of the crime. In my research I found the question that ask who decides what a faire punishment should be? No matter what the crime, the debt to society or persons affected, someone has to repay.

What are the 7 steps to the criminal process? ›

MENU Steps in the Federal Criminal Process
  • Investigation.
  • Charging.
  • Initial Hearing / Arraignment.
  • Discovery.
  • Plea Bargaining.
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What is the process of criminal case? ›

Mandatory Examination of accused by the Court • Evidence by Accused, if any, in defense. Commission of a cognizable offence Refusal of Police to register complaint/FIR Filing of a private criminal complaint against the offender before competent Cognizance of the commission of the offence and inquiry by the court.

What are the 3 phases of the criminal process? ›

A criminal prosecution generally breaks out into three stages: pretrial, trial, and post-trial.

What are the 4 C's of the criminal justice system? ›

The Four C's: Cops, Courts, Corrections – and Citizens – Introduction to the U.S. Criminal Justice System.

What are the 3 main functions of the courts? ›

They resolve disputes between people, companies and units of government. Often, courts are called on to uphold limitations on the government. They protect against abuses by all branches of government. They protect minorities of all types from the majority, and protect the rights of people who can't protect themselves.

What are the 3 main purposes of criminal law? ›

Specific deterrence prevents crime by frightening an individual defendant with punishment. General deterrence prevents crime by frightening the public with the punishment of an individual defendant. Incapacitation prevents crime by removing a defendant from society.

What is the biggest issue facing the criminal justice field today? ›

Currently, the criminal justice system's three largest issues are police retention and recruitment, lack of resource parity between prosecution and public defenders, and its public perception. Currently, police recruitment and retention is arguably the largest problem facing the criminal justice system.

What is the biggest problem in the criminal justice system? ›

Because of a clogged judicial and court system, overcrowded prisons are the most visible problem plaguing the correctional facilities. According to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology which runs 415 prisons in 17 regions, on average the prisons are at 380% overcapacity.

How do you reform the criminal justice system? ›

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What was the impact of the Sentencing Reform Act? ›

The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984

98-473), in essence, eliminated indeterminate sentencing at the federal level. The act created the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent body within the judicial branch of the federal government and charged it with promulgating guidelines for federal sentencing.

What are the 4 main goals of criminal sentencing? ›

Four major goals are usually attributed to the sentencing process: retribution, rehabilitation, deterrence, and incapacitation. Retribution refers to just deserts: people who break the law deserve to be punished.

What are the main purposes of sentencing? ›

A sentence's objectives can be to: Deter the offender or others from committing future crimes. Remove an offender from society to prevent future crimes. Tailor the punishment to further the offender's rehabilitation.

Why is reform better than punishment? ›

Rehabilitation gives one a chance to learn about his/her debilitating problems and offers for one to learn how to change their behavior in order to not commit crime. Incarceration (punishment) puts the offender in a confines of a cell in order for one to think about the crime he/she committed.

Do prisons help reform criminals? ›

Time spent in prison can deter offenders from future crime or rehabilitate offenders by providing vocational training or wellness programs. However, incarceration can also lead to recidivism and unemployment due to human capital depreciation, exposure to hardened criminals, or societal and workplace stigma.

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The certainty of being caught is a vastly more powerful deterrent than the punishment. Research shows clearly that the chance of being caught is a vastly more effective deterrent than even draconian punishment.

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What is the first step in the court process? ›

The first step in a criminal case is a court appearance called an arraignment, in which the charges against the defendant are read before a judge. At an arraignment, a lawyer is appointed if the defendant cannot afford one, and the defendant's plea (guilty, not guilty, no contest) is entered.

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What comes first in the criminal process? ›

Initial Hearing/Arraignment of Defendant

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It explains the steps in case processing, starting with apprehension and arrest, prosecution and pretrial services, adjudication, sentencing, and corrections.

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Federal courts enjoy the sole power to interpret the law, determine the constitutionality of the law, and apply it to individual cases. The courts, like Congress, can compel the production of evidence and testimony through the use of a subpoena.

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facilitating dialogue on judicial reform and independence, promoting education and training for judges and court personnel, improving judicial ethics and accountability, and. strengthening court administration, efficiency and transparency.

How are most criminal cases resolved in the US? ›

(See Using a Private Criminal Defense Attorney.) On top of that, the trial process can be harrowing. The conservative estimate seems to be that over 90% of cases end in guilty pleas. The United States Courts website estimates that more than 90% of federal cases resolve this way.

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Norway's prison system houses approximately three thousand offenders. Norway's prison system is renowned as one of the most effective and humane in the world. Norway does not instate capital punishment or life imprisonment.

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The purpose of the criminal justice system is to protect society, punish offenders and rehabilitate criminals. It does this by following a process where the offender is arrested and tried for what they did wrong. If found guilty, they are punished with jail time or other punishments such as fines or community service.

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Meaningful sentencing reform, steps to reduce repeat offenders, and support for law enforcement are crucial to improving public safety, reducing runaway incarceration costs, and making our criminal justice system more fair.

What are reforms in the criminal justice system? ›

Recommended reforms include: limiting maximum prison terms to 20 years, except in unusual circumstances; repealing mandatory minimums; establishing “Second Look” sentencing review practices; ending Life-Without-Parole (LWOP) sentences and authorizing presumptive parole.

What is cost benefit analysis of criminal justice reforms? ›

CBAs in criminology are usually part of an impact evaluation, which looks at how a new program affects outcomes for participants. Most applied criminology CBAs count the costs of new interventions, translate participant outcomes into dollars, and compare those costs and benefits to business as usual.

What are the benefits of studying criminal justice? ›

In addition to the opportunity to learn about criminal justice and hone your skills, some of the benefits of studying criminal justice include flexible learning options for earning your degree, the ability to make a difference in your community, and access to a variety of rewarding career options.

What are the benefits of criminal law? ›

It provides a peaceful way to handle situations. Protecting citizens and property. Criminal law protects citizens from criminals who would bring about physical harm to others or in society. Criminal law gives rise to government officials to collect taxes, control pollution, and accomplish other necessary needs.

What are the 4 types of reform? ›

Structural Reforms Initiatives 2. Fiscal Reforms 3. Infrastructure Reforms 4. Capital and Money Market Reforms.

What are the forms of reforms in court proceedings? ›

Reform to Indian judiciary
  • Improve District Courts.
  • Increase judicial capacity.
  • Court management.
  • Case management.
  • Infrastructure.
  • Faster trail.
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  • Better investigation.
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What are four examples of reform movements? ›

Key movements of the time fought for women's suffrage, limits on child labor, abolition, temperance, and prison reform.

Is cost-benefit analysis Good or bad? ›

Cost-benefit analysis may, no doubt, be a helpful tool in public investment policy and planning. However, cost-benefit analysis as practiced today is less than useful, because it is highly biased, as documented above.

How do you explain cost-benefit analysis? ›

Essentially, a cost-benefit analysis involves adding up the benefits of a business decision or policy and comparing the benefits with the associated costs. Use a cost-benefit analysis to: Determine if an investment is sound—verify that the benefits outweigh the costs and, if so, by how much.

What is the most important function of criminal justice? ›

The most important function of criminal justice should be to provide due process, or fundamental fairness under the law.

What is the most important purpose of the criminal justice system? ›

Some key goals of the criminal justice system include: Preventing crime. Protecting the public. Supporting victims of crime, their families and witnesses.

How can I be successful in criminal justice? ›

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Why is criminal law important in society? ›

The law makes it possible to resolve conflicts and disputes between quarreling citizens. It provides a peaceful, orderly way to handle grievances. Protecting individuals and property. Criminal law protects citizens from criminals who would inflict physical harm on others or take their worldly goods.

What is the basic purpose of criminal law? ›

The criminal law prohibits conduct that causes or threatens the public interest; defines and warns people of the acts that are subject to criminal punishment; distinguishes between serious and minor offenses; and imposes punishment to protect society and to satisfy the demands for retribution, rehabilitation, and ...


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