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NCJ Number: 156358 Find in a Library
Title: Court's Role in Drug and Violence Crisis
Journal: Maryland Bar Journal  Volume:27  Issue:6  Dated:(November-December 1994)  Pages:35-38
Author(s): S I Platt
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A judge comments on problems in the current court's role in addressing the problems of violent crime, including drug-related violent crime, and recommends constant communication among all government agencies to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the crime problem.
Abstract: Judges are increasingly giving relatively young violent offenders sentences of life or longer, because they lack knowledge of how to predict future behavior or stop people from killing or hurting other people. Each branch of government blames the other branches for the huge costs of the criminal justice system and the high rates of recidivism. However, judges do not know which sentences are effective. They lack knowledge of whether incarceration deters or merely punishes and delays further offending, of whether or when drug treatment is an effective alternative, and which drug treatment programs are effective. It is also difficult to obtain public support for funding evaluation research. To address these issues, the legislative, executive, and judicial branches should communicate continuously on all aspects of the criminal justice system, while respecting each other's independence and prerogatives.
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Court procedures; Criminal justice system policy; Criminal justice system reform; Interagency cooperation; Judicial discretion; Judicial impact statements; Sentencing/Sanctions; Violence prevention
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