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Title: Task Force To Study Alternatives to Incarceration and the Expansion of the Adult Detention Center - Final Report
Corporate Author: Fairfax Cty Board of Supervisors
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 164
Sponsoring Agency: Fairfax Cty Board of Supervisors
Fairfax, VA 22030
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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: A review of alternatives to institutionalization in Fairfax County, Va., leads to a set of recommendations regarding methods of reducing overcrowding in the county's Adult Detention Center (ADC).
Abstract: The report reviews the history of jail building and overcrowding in Fairfax County and describes some previous studies of the problem. It describes the causes of overcrowding in the ADC, comparing the rate of incarceration in Fairfax with that in other comparable jurisdictions; discusses the role that can be played by programs promoting alternatives to institutionalization; and suggests that the county proceed with planned renovations of existing spaces in the ADC. The report also describes the Work Release Program now operating in the county and recommends that it be separated from the ADC, increased in capacity, and given the capability to provide more extensive services and serve a broader population. All other pretrial and sentencing alternative programs are reviewed; and the task force suggests that the legality of percentage bail deposits be explored, that the county revise and resubmit its grant application for funding of a community diversion program, and that weekend sentences be encouraged. Also discussed are the role of court delay in jail overcrowding and measures to reduce delays by expediting the trial of criminal cases. Plans are proposed for expanding the size of the ADC through construction of a new wing and through development of a correctional camp to house sentenced offenders. Finally, concern is expressed over the need for better education of all citizens about the criminal justice system and local correctional issues. Staffing and operating costs for the new construction proposed by the task force and police analysis of Index crimes in the county are appended. Footnotes and tabular data are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community-based corrections (adult); Detention; Overcrowding; Pretrial programs; Virginia; Weekend sentences
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