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NCJ Number: 244688 Find in a Library
Title: Status of Court Security in State Courts - A National Perspective
Corporate Author: National Ctr for State Courts
United States of America
Date Published: January 2014
Page Count: 180
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
National Ctr for State Courts
Williamsburg, VA 23185-4147
Grant Number: 2011-DB-BX-K002
Sale Source: National Ctr for State Courts
300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185-4147
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Survey
Format: Document (Online) - Designates documents available online, such as a PDF (URL access).
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study assessed how State courts are providing security in the Nation’s court buildings.
Abstract: The study found that there is a critical need to improve security in State and local court buildings nationwide. Four recommendations are offered in addressing this issue. First, acknowledge that doing nothing is not an option. Second, recognize that local, State, regional, and national communication and collaboration are needed if the effort to improve court security is to succeed. Third, provide additional funding for improving staffing and equipment. Fourth, Coordinate and support State court security programs. In developing this report, researchers reviewed and analyzed information obtained from approximately 226 security assessments conducted in recent years. The assessments focused on security policies, procedures, staffing, equipment, and training. The report also includes a comprehensive analysis of the information and data collected by the Center for Judicial and Executive Security, which examined court shootings, bombings, arson attacks, and other acts of violence that targeted courts from 1970 to 2012. In addition, national data were collected from the internet and phone surveys of court and law enforcement officials.
Main Term(s): State courts
Index Term(s): BJA grant-related documents; Court security; Security management; Security systems
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