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  NCJ Number: NCJ 144534     Find in a Library
  Title: Expedited Drug Case Management
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Author(s): C S Cooper
  Corporate Author: American University
United States of America
  Date Published: 1994
  Page Count: 8
  Series: BJA Bulletins
  Annotation: The influx of drug cases during the past decade has forced many judicial systems to re-examine existing methods for managing the criminal docket and to consider special strategies for handling drug cases.
  Abstract: Central to this examination has been the recognition that effective drug caseload management and drug-involved offender supervision require early judicial intervention and flexible case management approaches that permit judges to tailor applicable sanctions and treatment intervention strategies for individual offenders. Several judicial strategies have been developed to deal with drug cases, including special drug court divisions within trial courts, expedited case processing procedures, deferred prosecution programs requiring court-supervised treatment and counseling, increased coordination between treatment and supervision functions within the adjudication process, and various combinations of these strategies. In 1989, the Bureau of Justice Assistance initiated the Expedited Drug Case Management (EDCM) Demonstration Program to help State courts of general jurisdiction address the special management and treatment intervention issues presented by the drug caseload and the drug-involved offender. The program goal was to develop, pilot test, and refine differentiated case management (DCM) techniques for processing drug cases and to incorporate various treatment and rehabilitative services in the case disposition process, both pretrial and postadjudication. Demonstration projects in New Jersey, Oregon, and Pennsylvania confirmed the efficacy of DCM techniques. Benefits involved improved capacity to control the drug caseload shortly after filing, individualized treatment intervention and sanctioning strategies, increased court efficiency and judge productivity, reduced number of defendants who failed to appear and pretrial jail days, reduced costs for pretrial detention, and more effective offender treatment services. Key components of the EDCM Demonstration Program are described, as well as program implementation procedures. Brief summaries of the three demonstration projects are provided.
  Main Term(s): Drug offenders
  Index Term(s): State courts ; Caseload management ; Court case flow management ; Drug treatment ; Model programs ; Court procedures ; New Jersey ; Oregon ; Pennsylvania
  Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 89-DD-CX-K023
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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  Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: BJA Courts Bulletin, July 1994
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