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Title: Assessing the Needs in the Criminal Justice System
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 75
Sponsoring Agency: Abt Associates, Inc
Cambridge, MA 02138
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
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Publication Number: AAI-84-1
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The National Institute of Justice sponsored a mail and telephone survey of judges and trial court administrators, corrections officials, public defenders, police, prosecutors, and probation/parole officials in 1983 to identify the highest priority needs of management and operational improvements in the criminal justice system.
Abstract: Over 1,400 persons (61 percent) responded. Selected respondents were telephoned to clarify their expressed problems and needs. The needs assessment revealed a system under stress; officials felt overworked and underfunded. Caseloads were rising and prisons were overflowing, while budgets for criminal justice agencies had been capped or cut and staffing levels slashed. Practitioners tended to identify workload issues as the most pressing problems. Prison/jail overcrowding was overwhelmingly identified as the most pressing problems confronting State criminal justice systems across all groups, levels of government, and geographic regions. A wide range of most critical needs were reported by practitioners, including improved facility design and security, better use of computers in case management, providing adequate felony representation, and upgrading probation/parole services. Most respondents argued for more adequate funding as the most effective way to meet their needs. Short of more funding, most of the technical assistance and research strategies suggested were intended to make more efficient use of existing personnel, facilities, and equipment. Exhibits; footnotes; and appendixes giving a sample questionnaire telephone interview guide, and technical issues are included.
Index Term(s): Budgets; Criminal justice system management; Criminal justice system reform; Program financing
Note: National Assessment Program
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