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BLOOMINGTON — The decision-making role of the state's attorney's office and its influence in criminal cases is the focus of a new study by the McLean County League of Women Voters.

The public is invited to hear preliminary results of the study at noon Sept. 20 at the Bloomington Police Department's Osborn Room.

Lawyer Stacey Tutt, formerly with the University of Illinois Law School's Community Preservation Clinic, will present results of the first part of a study on how participants in the McLean County criminal justice system make decisions.

Prosecutors play a powerful in the criminal justice system, starting with the decision to file charges, and crafting plea offers and sentencing recommendations.

Tutt, who is currently visiting professor at the University of California School of Law in Irvine, worked with the league to compile surveys results and interviews with individuals in the offices of McLean County state's attorney's, public defender and private defense lawyers.

The league "supports implementing a wide array of viable measures in order to decrease incarceration rates for low-risk, first time offenders, provide alternatives to jail where warranted, and increase options for justice in criminal and/or civil matters brought before the courts," said a statement from the organization.

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Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny

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McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.

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