Sociology Index


Negotiation of criminal status refers to the fact that authorities and offenders against the law are involved in an interactive process of defining criminality. The behavior of the offender in interaction or 'negotiation of criminal status' with police and judges will shape what label, if any, will be applied to the situation. Defining criminal status is an interactive process involving participants in interpretation and negotiation. The conditions, functions and consequences of police interrogation constitute the focus of the analysis above.

In the negotiation of criminal status, police or judges may ask:

Police work is seen as a general function of statepower as well as a special kind of societal reaction to deviant behavior. Then, the interaction process of police interrogation is analysed under a theoretical concept concerning the specific underlying compulsive structure of communicative behavior in relation to the negotiation of criminal status. The hypothesis that the social control exercised by the police is highly selective to the disadvantage of the underprivileged and powerless.

Strategy and tactics of police interrogation - on the sociological analysis of selective criminalization. P Malinowski, M Brusten -
Police work is seen as a function of state power as well as a variety of social reaction to deviance. Interrogation is seen as a special variety of communicative behavior concerning the negotiation and determination of criminal status.

Negotiating Crime: Plea Bargaining, Problem Solving, and Dispute Resolution in the Criminal Context – Cynthia Alkon.
Negotiating Crime: Plea Bargaining, Problem Solving, and Dispute Resolution in the Criminal Context is the first textbook of its kind that covers all of the processes through which criminal cases are resolved in the United States beyond trials. Negotiation of criminal status brings together criminal procedure, current policy debates, and dispute resolution concepts to examine the practice of criminal law in the 21st century.