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NCJ Number: 31244 Find in a Library
Title: POLK COUNTY (IA) - FULL-TIME PROSECUTION PROJECT, 1972 EVALUATION
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Prosecution Management
United States of America
Project Director: J E JACOBY
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Prosecution Management

National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 72-DF-07-0015
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN ASSESSMENT OF THIS PROJECT WHICH ATTEMPTED TO EASE THE HIGH TURNOVER RATE AND INCREASING FELONY CASE BACKLOGS BY IMPLEMENTING INCREASED SALARY SCHEDULES AND PROVIDING ONLY FULL-TIME PROSECUTORIAL POSITIONS.
Abstract: PRIOR TO JANUARY, 1972, ASSISTANT PROSECUTORS IN THE POLK COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE DEVOTED PART TIME TO PRIVATE PRACTICE, DETRACTING FROM THEIR PUBLIC DUTIES. THE COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE EXPERIENCED A HIGH TURNOVER RATE, FOUND IF DIFFICULT TO RECRUIT NEW PROSECUTORS, AND EXPERIENCED INCREASING CASE BACKLOGS. THIS PROJECT, IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING INCREASED SALARIES, ESTABLISHED ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR AS FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES AND PROHIBITED ANY FORM OF PRIVATE PRACTICE FOR THESE EMPLOYEES. GOALS OF THE PROJECT WERE TO ALLOW THE COUNTY ATTORNEY'S STAFF TO FUNCTION ON A FULL-TIME BASIS; TO REDUCE TO A REASONABLE LEVEL THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF TURNOVER; AND TO ELIMINATE CASE BACKLOGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THESE STAFFING PROBLEMS. THE EVALUATION ACTIVITIES INCLUDED ON-SITE REVIEWS OF THE OFFICE OPERATIONS, INTERVIEWS WITH COUNTY ATTORNEY STAFF AND JUDGES, IDENTIFICATION OF TURNOVER RATES, AND A REVIEW OF CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF PROFESSIONAL EFFORT BETWEEN PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME STAFFING. THE EVALUATION SHOWED THAT THE STATED OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED, AND IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT SUFFICIENT FUNDS BE BUDGETED FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THIS PROJECT. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Court delays; Effectiveness; Iowa; Part-time personnel; Pay rates; Personnel administration; Personnel retention; Program evaluation; Prosecution; Prosecutors; Recruitment; Turnover rates; Work loads
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