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NCJ Number: 139862 Find in a Library
Title: Costs of the Criminal Justice System, Volume 1
Corporate Author: Home Office Great Britain Minister of State
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 91
Sponsoring Agency: Home Office Great Britain Minister of State
London, England
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The figures presented in this booklet cover the average costs of dealing with different types of cases at different stages in the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
Abstract: The real costs for dealing with crime and offenders has increased considerably over the last 5 years and can be explained by the growing demands on the criminal justice system. For 1990- 1991, l.6 million magistrates' court cases were dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) at an average cost per defendant of 67 pounds. In the Crown Court, where more serious cases are heard, 146,000 cases were dealt with at an average cost to the CPS of 494 pounds. Total expenditure on criminal legal aid was 372 million pounds in 1990!1991. Expenditure on the Probation Service totaled 320 million pounds in 1990!1991; the figure was 1,342 million pounds for the Prison Service. In 1989!90, there were 6,800 remands for psychiatric assessment which indicate a minimum annual cost of 13.6 million pounds to the Prison Service. Income from fines imposed in magistrates' courts and the Crown Court reached 125 million pounds in 1990. 21 figures and 21 tables
Main Term(s): Crime costs; Foreign criminal justice systems
Index Term(s): Court costs; Foreign probation or parole services; Legal aid services; Mentally ill inmates
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