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Title: NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE CENTERS FIELD TEST--FINAL EVALUATION REPORT
Author(s): R F COOK; J A ROEHL; D I SHEPPARD
Corporate Author: Institute for Social Analysis
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 180
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Social Analysis
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 79-NI-AX-0005
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: BASED ON A 24-MONTH EVALUATION OF NIJ'S NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE CENTERS FIELD TEST, THIS REPORT DESCRIBES AND ASSESSES THE PROCESS AND IMPACT OF THREE NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE CENTERS (NJC'S).
Abstract: FOCUSING ON BOTH THE PROCESS AND IMPACT STUDIES, THE REPORT BRIEFLY DESCRIBES THE ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION OF THE THREE NJC'S, WHICH ARE LOCATED IN ATLANTA, GA., KANSAS CITY, MO., AND LOS ANGELES, CALIF. SOME CONCEPTUAL ISSUES RELATED TO DISPUTE RESOLUTION ARE DISCUSSED, AND THE METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH IS OUTLINED. AN ANALYSIS OF THE 4,000 CASES HANDLED BY THE NJC'S DURING THE FIRST 15 MONTHS OF OPERATION COVERS THE CENTERS' REFERRAL SOURCES, CASE TYPES, CASE DISPOSITIONS, AND DISPUTANT CHARACTERISTICS. THE IMPACT OF THE NJC'S IS ASSESSED IN THREE AREAS: (1) IMPACT ON THE DISPUTANTS IN TERMS OF THEIR SATISFACTION WITH THE PROCESS AND THE PERMANENCE OF RESOLUTIONS; (2) IMPACT ON THE COURTS, INCLUDING A COMPARISON OF COURT AND NJC CASES AND THE PERCEPTION AND UTILIZATION OF THE NJC'S BY ELEMENTS OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM; AND (3) IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. OVERALL, PROCESS AND IMPACT DATA SHOW THE NCJ'S TO BE PERFORMING A NEEDED SERVICE EFFECTIVELY, ALTHOUGH THEIR IMPACT ON REDUCING COURT CASELOADS AND COMMUNITY TENSIONS HAS BEEN NEGLIGIBLE. NJC'S SHOULD DEVELOP MORE EFFECTIVE WAYS OF INCREASING PUBLIC AWARENESS ABOUT THEM AND OF BRINGING CASES TO MEDIATION OR CONCILIATION. RECOMMENDATIONS REFER TO THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION MECHANISMS AND GUIDELINES FOR FUTURE NJC'S. APPENDIXES PROVIDE THE EVALUATION METHODOLOGY; CASE DISPOSITION, REFERRAL SOURCE, AND TYPE FOR THE NJC'S; DISPUTANT AND TARGET AREA CHARACTERISTICS FOR THE NJC'S; AND MONTH-TO-MONTH TRENDS IN DISPOSITION, REFERRAL SOURCES, AND CASE TYPE TABULAR DATA, CHARTS, FOOTNOTES, AND REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): California; Conflict resolution; Court case flow; Evaluation; Georgia (USA); Missouri; Neighborhood justice centers; Public Attitudes/Opinion
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