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NCJ Number: 92957 Find in a Library
Title: Cutback Management - An Empirical Approach
Author(s): E C Ratledge
Corporate Author: Jefferson Institute for Justice Studies
Institute Director
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Jefferson Institute for Justice Studies
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National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The differences in resources required to achieve various dispositions are significant. Penalties are also related to resources.
Abstract: With spending cuts firmly in place, the improvement of public sector productivity as a technique to reduce costs has become one of critical importance. Since government services are typically labor intensive, improving productivity will be a slow, difficult process. A conceptual framework is presented for cutback management. Study methodology consisted of taking the detailed data kept by an Iowa prosecutor and inserting it into the model. The prosecutor has three routes to follow to disposition: plea, trial, and dismissal. The model shows that it costs twice as much to take a case to trial as to plead it. A reduced charge requires just as much effort as a more serious charge. Since a dismissal costs as much as a plea, it is cost effective to screen cases at the very beginning. The criminality of the defendant causes time to rise dramatically. Defending an offender with no record requires only half as much work. Criminality and seriousness of the offense were unrelated. The effort required to achieve a penalty of confinement is twice that required a plea and 50 percent more than for probation. Six tables are included.
Index Term(s): Cutback management; Dispositions; Efficiency; Models; Productivity
Note: Paper presented to the 1981 Annual Conference of the American Society of Public Administration, Detroit, Michigan, April 13-15.
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