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NCJ Number: 147789 Find in a Library
Journal: Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology  Volume:64  Issue:2  Dated:(1973)  Pages:183-189
Author(s): W A Hamilton; C R Work
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 7
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of problems of urban criminal courts argues that one of the main solutions to these problems is the development of management consciousness in the office of the public prosecutor and the use of a system such as the Prosecutor's Management Information System (PROMIS).
Abstract: Although the public prosecutor is often forgotten in discussions of the criminal justice system, the prosecutor is far more than a mere court functionary. The prosecutor represents a separate and equal branch of government that is intended to be independent of the court. Prosecutors who carry out their role effectively perform a vital function. The PROMIS system is an innovative, computer-based information system initiated by the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia in 1969. PROMIS contains many types of information about the crime, the defendant, the charges, court events, and priorities for pending criminal cases. The PROMIS system has led to many significant improvements in the management of the prosecutor's office. Such a system can become a major catalyst for reform and restore public confidence in the urban courts by demonstrating that the court system recognizes priorities. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Court reform
Index Term(s): Prosecution; Prosecutors Management Information System
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