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NCJ Number: 41908 Find in a Library
Title: COSTS AND PERFORMANCE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE - A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF MINNESOTA COUNTIES
Author(s): D GENADEK; S COLEMAN
Corporate Author: Minnesota Governor's Cmssn on Crime Prevention and Control
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 86
Sponsoring Agency: Minnesota Governor's Cmssn on Crime Prevention and Control
St Paul, MN 55101
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE REPORT DESCRIBES AND ANALYZES THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN MINNESOTA AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, PARTICULARLY EXAMINING THE COSTS OF THE SYSTEM AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THESE COSTS AND THE SYSTEM'S PERFORMANCE.
Abstract: THE MAJOR EMPHASIS OF THE REPORT IS ON THE COUNTY LEVEL POLICE AND COURTS SUBSYSTEMS. THE METHOD OF ANALYSIS IS TO COMPARE THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS OF THE COUNTIES IN MINNESOTA WITH RESPECT TO THEIR LEVELS OF SPENDING AND PERFORMANCE. THE STATISTICAL TECHNIQUES OF CORRELATION AND REGRESSION ARE USED TO DETERMINE WHAT RELATIONSHIPS EXIST AMONG THE SYSTEM VARIABLES. RELATIONSHIPS FOUND TO BE SIGNIFICANT ARE THEN INTERPRETED WITH A VIEW TOWARD ADDRESSING THEIR RELEVANCE TO POLICY AND PLANNING. AMONG THE FINDINGS OF THE STUDY, IT WAS NOTED THAT THE POLICE SUBSYSTEM IS THE MOST COSTLY SEGMENT OF THE SYSTEM, FOLLOWED BY CORRECTIONS AND COURTS. MINNESOTA'S PATTERN OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SPENDING IS MUCH THE SAME AS THE PATTERN FOR THE UNITED STATES AS A WHOLE. IT WAS ALSO FOUND THAT LARGER COUNTIES SPEND DISPROPORTIONATELY LESS THAN SMALLER COUNTIES ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN RELATION TO THE NUMBER OF REPORTED CRIMES. SPENDING ON THE COURTS, RELATIVE TO OTHER SUBSYSTEMS, APPEARS TO BE LEAST COMMENSURATE WITH THE LEVEL OF CRIME. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)...KAP
Index Term(s): Cost effectiveness analysis; County police; Court costs; Courts; Criminal justice employment/expenditure data; Criminal justice system planning; Law enforcement costs; Local criminal justice systems; Local government; Minnesota; Statistical analysis
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