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  NCJ Number: NCJ 147185     Find in a Library
  Title: Drug Night Courts: The Cook County Experience
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Corporate Author: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
United States of America

National Crime Prevention Council
United States of America
  Date Published: 1994
  Page Count: 43
  Series: BJA Monographs
  Annotation: The Bureau of Justice Assistance sponsored a research inquiry into the establishment of extra-hours courts for special purposes, and specifically, the establishment of drug night courts, focusing on the drug night court in Cook County, Illinois.
  Abstract: Because of their rapidly increasing drug-related caseload, the Cook County courts opened, in October 1989, five drug night courts. The evening sessions were limited to narcotics cases since they rarely require civilian witnesses, can be adjudicated quickly, and can have motions disposed of efficiently. While Cook County dramatically cut processing time for drug cases, the study also found that drug sentencing because more lenient, more defendants entered pleas rather than facing trial, and more defendants were represented by public defenders, rather than by private attorneys. The courts also had problems retaining quality staff to man the evening shift and maintaining high morale and efficiency. To work effectively, specialized courts need to have workable intake controls and limits on individual workloads, have one individual take the lead in coordinating planning for the special court, and train all staff members. 31 references and 1 appendix
  Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
  Index Term(s): Court case flow management ; Courts ; Night courts ; Illinois
  Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Contract Number: 92-DD-CX-K028
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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  Type: Program/Project Evaluation
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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