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NCJ Number: 92951 Find in a Library
Title: Weighted Dispositions - Adding Quality to Performance Measurement
Author(s): J E Jacoby; E C Ratledge
Corporate Author: Jefferson Institute for Justice Studies
Institute Director
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: Jefferson Institute for Justice Studies
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Language: English
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Annotation: It may be possible to quantify the process prosecutors use to select acceptable minimum sanctions.
Abstract: This paper presents a practical approach which appears to overcome most measurement barriers. It also discusses use of a severity scale for sanctions. Disposition rates, while inadequate as a measurement of output for prosecutors and defense counsel, are in use today because few other measurement alternatives exist. The fact that even unsatisfactory measures are in use suggests a need for a practical means of measurement. The use of a severity scale would indicate the success of prosecution or defense of cases. The methodology in this study consisted of simulation using case histories developed in earlier research. A group of 193 attorneys from 1 prosecutor's office evaluated a range of sanctions. The subsequent analysis examined the average minimum sentence deemed acceptable for each case. Prosecutors do set limits for sanctions, finding some consistently unacceptable. Apparently, it is possible that the process prosecutors use to determine acceptability of sanctions can be quantified. Figures, tables, and seven notes are provided.
Index Term(s): Decisionmaking; Dispositions; Evaluation criteria; Offense classification; Penalty severity rating
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Conference of The American Society of Criminology, Toronto, Canada, November 1982
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