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NCJ Number: 76026 Find in a Library
Title: Technical Assistance Visit to the Office of State's Attorney, Frederick County, Maryland - Report, 1980
Corporate Author: Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc
United States of America
Project Director: L R Mellon
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: J-LEAA-010-80
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The report of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA), technical assistance team's visit to the offices of the State's attorney for Frederick County, Md., is presented.
Abstract: In December 1980, the team examined the State's attorney's management and operations functions in accordance with a contract with LEAA. The purpose of the visit was to analyze problems related to the future expansion of the workload and the transition situation of the office. In addition, the management analysis focused on case file control, use of part-time personnel, and the organizational structure of the office. The analysis was designed to address a wide range of problems stemming from paperwork and organizational procedures, financial management and budgeting systems, space and equipment requirements, and specialized operational programs. During the visit, interviews were conducted with those members of the office who are most directly involved in the problem areas. The basic approach was to examine the office with reference to functional responsibilities. Once the problem and its dimensions were specified, an analysis was made which resulted in identification of the major elements of the problem and an exposition of needed change. The State's attorney oversees a staff of approximately 20 employees, of which 6 are attorneys. Six police agencies work within the jurisdiction of the office; approximately 50 percent of the caseload is brought by the Frederick City Police Department. In the past year, 340 felonies were referred for prosecution. From a population of 84,927 in 1970, the county has grown to an estimated population of 113,650 in 1980, representing an increase of 34 percent. Problems with a growing caseload have resulted. The team suggests that the disadvantages of retaining legal personnel on a part-time basis be considered. In addition, the deputy State's attorney should have a much more active leadership role in the office. Cases should be screened more rigorously in order to eliminate at an earlier stage a greater percentage of those that do not belong in the system. Finally, the microfilm system should be replaced with an index card system. Two appendixes containing professional qualifications of the evaluators and forms are included.
Index Term(s): Attorney General; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA); Maryland; Prosecution; Technical assistance reports
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