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NCJ Number: 77872 Find in a Library
Title: PROMIS (Prosecutor's Management Information System)
Corporate Author: INSLAW
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Sponsoring Agency: INSLAW
Washington, DC 20005
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: INSLAW
1125 15th Street, NW
Suite 6000
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This film describes the advantages of the automated, computer-based information system created for the criminal justice system in the District of Columbia.
Abstract: Charles R. Work, Deputy Administrator of LEAA introduces the audience to PROMIS by providing background information and a brief history of problems the District of Columbia was experiencing in processing offenders. Basically, the system was being overtaxed, with over 40 percent of the cases being lost due to delays and other mishaps. With the PROMIS in place, a police officer can obtain the past history of an arrestee by using the online terminal, which provides a printout of the person's history. This history is then given to the assistant prosecutor who reviews the case for two elements: its importance and whether bond should be allowed. PROMIS also allows intensive pretrial preparation on serious cases and for those involving habitual offenders, which has resulted in a 25 percent higher conviction rate for this category of cases. In addition, PROMIS has a case-ranking system which delineates similarities and differences among cases. The ranking is based on the gravity of the crime and the offender's history (past offenses, seriousness of offenses, etc.). The ranking further ensures that when cases are similar, justice will be administered equitably. PROMIS also monitors the criminal justice system for sentencing disparity, discretionary actions, and other factors. PROMIS data were used to modify the time limits for the speedy trial rule and have been used for studies on witness cooperation, police-prosecution relations, and prosecution performance. Thus, reports using PROMIS data have helped to allocate resources, make policy decisions, and improve the criminal justice system. Finally, as a result of PROMIS, more effective management methods have been implemented and training needs have been identified.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; District of Columbia; Films; Prosecutors Management Information System
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