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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

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NCJ Number: NCJ 242291     Find in a Library
Title: Guide to Calculating Justice-System Marginal Costs
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Christian Henrichson ; Sarah Galgano
Corporate Author: Vera Institute of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 05/2013
Page Count: 28
  Annotation: This document examines the concepts and calculations of costs of operating jails, prisons, supervision, courts, law enforcement agencies, treatment programs, and other criminal justice initiatives.
Abstract: This document guides both technical users and general readers through the concepts and calculations behind various types of costs, and the consequences for policy and practice of focusing on one type of cost over another. The first section of this guide is an overview of the marginal costs used in a cost-benefit analysis. Next is a summary of the methods to calculate these costs. The third section provides guidance on how to calculate marginal costs in specific segments of the criminal justice system. The guide ends with recommended steps that cost-benefit analysts and justice agencies can take to improve the quality and relevance of cost- benefit analysis for policymaking. The glossary includes several important terms that are highlighted in bold throughout the guide. 13 figures and 44 endnotes
Main Term(s): Cost/Benefit Analysis ; Cost effectiveness analysis
Index Term(s): Operating costs ; Crime costs ; Jails ; Law enforcement costs ; Prison costs ; Corrections costs ; BJA grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2009-MU-BX K029
Type: Handbook
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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