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NCJ Number: 35711 Find in a Library
Title: IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (FROM READINGS IN CORRECTIONAL ECONOMICS - SEE NCJ-35710)
Author(s): T ORSAGH
Corporate Author: American Bar Assoc.
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Assoc.
Washington, DC 20036
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN EVALUATION METHOD IS PROPOSED FOR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, BASED ON A THEORY THAT THE CRIME RATE IS A FUNCTION OF THE RESOURCES EXPENDED TO COMBAT CRIME.
Abstract: BECAUSE RESOURCES ARE FINITE, EVALUATION OF SUCCESS MAY BEST BE BASED UPON THE EFFICIENCY WITH WHICH RESOURCES ARE EMPLOYED. DUE TO ITS COMPETITIVE NATURE, THE PRIVATE SECTOR - SUPPLYING PREVENTIVE SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT - IS SAID TO BE MORE EFFICIENT IN THIS RESPECT THAN THE GOVERNMENTAL SECTOR. AN ANALYSIS OF CORRECTIONAL COSTS INDICATES THAT MONEY IS NOT BEING EFFICIENTLY SPENT. A SYSTEM IS PROPOSED IN WHICH, UPON CONVICTION OR AFTER SERVING A PREDETERMINED PORTION OF THE SENTENCE, THE OFFENDER WOULD HAVE THE OPTION OF LIVING IN A HALFWAY HOUSE ENVIRONMENT IF HE INDICATED A WILLINGNESS TO MEET SEVERAL CRITERIA. HE MUST MAINTAIN FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT AT A SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE OCCUPATION. HE MUST CONTRIBUTE SUBSTANTIALLY TO HIS OWN UPKEEP, SINCE IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE 'HOUSE' WOULD BE LARGELY, IF NOT WHOLLY, SELF-SUPPORTING. FINALLY, HE SHALL BE ABSENT FROM THE 'HOUSE' ONLY DURING SUCH TIMES FOR WHICH HE HAS AUTHORIZATION. SUCH A SYSTEM, IT IS SAID, WOULD MINIMIZE CORRECTIONS COSTS AND MAXIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY.
Index Term(s): Allocution; Cost analysis; Criminal justice system analysis; Evaluation techniques
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