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NCJ Number: 91607 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice and Correctional Services - County of Washtenaw, Michigan - Pre-Planning Study, August 1973
Corporate Author: John Howard Association (JHA)
United States of America

Community Corrections Resource Programs, Inc
United States of America

Washtenaw Cty Metropolitan Planning Cmssn
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 46
Sponsoring Agency: Community Corrections Resource Programs, Inc
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
John Howard Association (JHA)
Chicago, IL 60611
National Institute of Justice/
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Washtenaw Cty Metropolitan Planning Cmssn
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The criminal justice system in Washtenaw County (Michigan) is not really a system and should be changed to establish an overall department of corrections and a basic information system to form the basis of greater efficiency and economy.
Abstract: About half of the persons who are admitted to the county jail have no prior arrest record. A much greater number of them could be released on their own recognizance at the time of arrest or the time of arraignment. Nearly 40 percent of the jail admissions, 24 percent of the time spent in jail, and 16 percent of the occupied beds pertain to persons with alcohol-related offenses. The county has no emergency drug detoxification center and no licensed residential treatment center. The workload of the adult probation department is four times that recommended by nationally recognized standards. As a result, no time exists for a family-centered approach to probation, which should be the goal. The average time from arrest to disposition in the circuit court cases is 76 days, 16 days longer than the goal of 60 days. The time for total processing of cases in the district courts is about 51 days, which is about 4 times longer than they should take. A major complaint of inmates in the county jail is idleness. A detailed description of the county's criminal justice system and its recent functioning and recommendations for goals and objectives to be considered in the planning phase are included. For the report's appendixes, which presents detailed background information, see NCJ-91606.
Index Term(s): Criminal justice information systems; Criminal justice system coordination; Criminal justice system planning; Criminal justice system reform; Michigan
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