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Title: Technical Assistance Visit to the Office of the District Attorney - Report - Raleigh, North Carolina, January 26-27, 1981
Corporate Author: Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc
United States of America
Project Director: L R Mellon
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 74
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
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Findings and recommendations are presented from an analysis of problems related to developing a pretrial diversion program and automated information systems in the office of the district attorney for the 10th prosecutorial district, Raleigh, N.C.
Abstract: A major problem affecting the development of a more inclusive pretrial diversion program is a sparse array of community services suitable for such a program. Further, while there are currently a few good programs, the county and city governments appear unwilling to expand or even maintain these programs. The first step should be for the district attorney to lend his support to fundraising efforts on behalf of existing diversion programs. A low-cost step that would reduce the jail population of pretrial detainees involves the release of low-risk defendants who cannot put up low-money bail to a third person's custody, possibly a volunteer custodian. Once the capacity for expanded diversion has been established, the district attorney should proceed to develop an appropriate office policy that would make diversion systematic and uniform. Initially, pretrial diversion should be expanded to include minor felonies, older offenders, drug offenders, and others. Stages in both felony and misdemeanor cases where diversion decisions should be made in all but exceptional cases should be identified. Currently, the information system is adequate but incomplete. Recommendations are offered for adding file folders, assigning case numbers, locating closed case file cards, the use of an indictment worksheet, the use of docket sheets, and the generation of lists and statistics that would be helpful in managing the office. A supplementary report examines the structure and organization of the district attorney's office and its subsequent effect on the performance and morale of personnel. Recommendations are made to improve office performance. No references are included.
Index Term(s): District attorneys; Diversion programs; North Carolina; Organization studies; Personnel evaluation; Pretrial intervention; Prosecutors Management Information System; Research organizations
Note: Criminal Prosecution Technical Assistance Project. Supplement included.
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