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NCJ Number: 115322 Find in a Library
Title: Coordinating Justice in California: 'There Ought To Be a Law About It'
Author(s): M Davies
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 12
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Results are summarized from a 1988 California survey of criminal justice notables to determine their views on the current state of the criminal justice and penal system in California.
Abstract: The survey included all district attorneys; chief probation officers; public defenders; sheriffs; police chiefs in cities with a population in excess of 100,000; and the presiding judges of the courts of appeal, superior courts, and municipal courts. There was concern among respondents about the volume of reported crime and the number of cases being processed, and resource issues were identified by an overwhelming majority as the paramount problem. The lack of long-term planning and the inability to develop a long-term strategy were other identified problems. Fragmentation in the administrative political structure, jail and prison overcrowding, and the operational costs of incarceration were also mentioned as specific problems. There was no consensus among the respondents as to how the problems of the system could be resolved. In the long term, more planning and consistent policymaking were desired by respondents.
Main Term(s): Criminal justice system analysis
Index Term(s): California; Criminal justice system coordination; Prison overcrowding
Note: From the 'BCS Forum.'
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