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NCJ Number: 136653 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs, Crime, and Urban Trial Court Management: The Unintended Consequences of the War on Drugs
Journal: Yale Law and Policy Review  Volume:8  Issue:1  Dated:(1990)  Pages:117-145
Author(s): J A Martin
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 29
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article first describes the broad context in which drug cases now confront urban trial courts and the negative effects this context has had on justice operations and then proposes several ways in which courts can more adequately process drug caseloads.
Abstract: American urban trial courts face the task of processing an unprecedented number of drug cases as a result of the war on drugs. Recent drug case processing research reveals five general guidelines that can help courts to better manage their drug caseloads: design comprehensive caseflow-management programs which encourage attorneys to meet with their clients soon after arrest, provide prosecutors the information and authority needed to prepare reasonable plea offers quickly, enable courts to monitor case progress and limit "courtesy" continuances, and provide accurate and timely sentencing reports; identify and implement mechanisms for working more closely with nonjudicial agencies; lead the justice system in developing mechanisms for gathering vital case information early in the process; set firm trial dates; and, when additional resources are needed, encourage the justice system to add resources selectively. 1 table and 87 footnotes
Main Term(s): Court management; Drug law offenses
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Urban area studies; Urban criminality
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