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Title: Improving the Criminal Processing of Misdemeanants - The Improved Lower Court Case Handling Program - Cross-Jurisdictional Analysis National Evaluation - Final Report, Volume 5
Author(s): E Chelimsky; J Sasfy
Corporate Author: Mitre Corporation
Metrek Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 118
Sponsoring Agency: Mitre Corporation
Mclean, VA 22102
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 76-NI-99-0078
Publication Number: MTR-7682
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document presents a cross-jurisdictional analysis and summary of results from the national evaluation of the Improved Lower Court Case Handling (ILCCH) Program.
Abstract: The program was a LEAA effort to provide resources to four sites for the operation of eight components designed to improve the case processing of misdemeanants. The development, operations, use, and effects of each component were assessed across these sites, and a summary and analysis of program results were provided. The four sites selected were located in Wilmington, Del.; Columbia, S.C.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Las Vegas. The eight ILCCH components included police citation, court summons, pretrial release, select offender probation, prosecutor case screening, Prosecutor's Management Information System, (PROMIS), short form presentence investigation reports, and a mass case coordinator. Of all the ILCCH components, the pretrial release program in Las Vegas was the only one to result in substantial resource savings. Of the components implemented as processing alternatives, five were institutionalized. Three of these, citations and summons in Wilmington and citations in Kalamazoo, are procedural mechanisms that will continue to be employed by the police and courts, although the extent of their use cannot be predicted. The other two institutionalized components, select offender probation in Kalamazoo and court counseling in Las Vegas, are sentencing options. As a whole, the eight components contributed little towards lasting improvements in lower court case handling. Tables and reference notes are provided. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Court case flow management; Court reform; Delaware; Michigan; Misdemeanor courts; National Evaluation Program; Nevada; South Carolina
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