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NCJ Number: 158389 Find in a Library
Title: Assessment of Pretrial Urine-testing in the District of Columbia, Monograph No. 3: The Views of Judicial Officers
Author(s): M A Toborg; J P Bellassi
Corporate Author: Toborg Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: Toborg Associates, Inc
Landover, MD 20785
Sale Source: Toborg Associates, Inc
8401 Corporate Dr
Suite 420
Landover, MD 20785
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Twenty-five superior court hearing commissioners and trial judges who had recently heard criminal cases in the District of Columbia were interviewed approximately 1 year after the March 1984 start of the Pretrial Services Agency's (PSA) drug testing program to determine the ways in which they use the urinalysis information, their views about the program and its impact, and their views about the drug-crime problems in the District of Columbia.
Abstract: Results revealed general confidence in the drug testing program. This confidence stems from the fast turnaround time for test results, the prompt appearance of a PSA representative in court when needed for violation hearings, the failure of all legal challenges to the program and its procedures, the uniform testing and monitoring procedures, and the general feelings that the program is well managed and competently staffed. PSA information on test results and compliance by released defendants was considered excellent and reliable, as was the drug testing program itself. Judges typically commented that they needed to know when defendants were taking drugs. 27 reference notes
Main Term(s): Pretrial drug testing
Index Term(s): District of Columbia; Drug Related Crime; Judicial attitudes
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