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Title: Evaluation of Division "S" (Drug Court) of the Twenty- Fourth Judicial District Court Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
Author(s): J V Baiamonte Jr
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 105
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the methodology, findings, and recommendations from an evaluation of the "Drug Court," known officially as Division "S", which was intended to expedite the processing of drug cases in the Twenty-fourth Judicial District in Jefferson Parish, La.
Abstract: Due to a dramatic crime increase in Jefferson Parish and the large number of drug cases in the district court, Division "S" was established on May 1, 1991, under a Federal grant. By not having a civil docket, Division "S", unlike the other divisions of the Twenty-fourth District, devotes all of its resources to the processing of drug cases. The evaluation examined relevant court and jail statistics before and after the court was established. The evaluation found a number of significant achievements by the court. It possibly contributed to the reduction in the average daily population of pretrial inmates with drug charges, surpassed all Federal grant goals, decreased the mean time from arrest to disposition while increasing the mean length of a prison term, and significantly decreased the granting of three or more continuances in a drug case. The court also had some shortcomings. It has not complied with the ABA disposition standard; the allotment-to-arraignment process increased significantly; the arraignment-to-disposition sequence did not decrease significantly; the track system did not differentiate between classes of drug offenses; and the allotment-to-arraignment process added unnecessary disposition time. Recommendations for improvement are offered. 10 tables, 35 graphs, and a 21-item bibliography
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Court case flow management; Court delays; Court statistics; Louisiana; Pretrial detention
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