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Title: Strengthening Criminal Justice in Virginia
Corporate Author: Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board
United States of America
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 52
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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United States of America

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Language: English
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Annotation: This report discusses eight areas of criminal justice concern in Virginia: victims of crime, law enforcement, prosecution, courts, local corrections, State corrections, juvenile justice, and information systems.
Abstract: Each area is highlighted by an issue statement, an explanation of the issue, and recommendations on how to address that issue. Treatment of victims and witnesses is explored, and cases when the victim impact statement should be mandated are identified. Funding to establish victim and witness assistance program is recommended. Training for law enforcement instructors and for deputy sheriffs engaged in the service of process is discussed, the establishment of a permanent funding source for training is suggested, and study committees on law enforcement salaries and on sheriffs' law enforcement manpower are recommended. The development of standard procedures for civil executions, levies, liens, and sales is urged, as is training for Commonwealth's attorneys and assistants. Attention is focused on the development of alternatives to court involvement in certain cases, on development of bail risk guidelines, and on improvement of the public image and salaries of local corrections personnel. Improving the retention of State correctional staff and reducing the number of juveniles held in secure detention are also addressed. Other developments recommended are consistent juvenile diversion strategies, interagency evaluation plans, and training standards and resources. Finally, the establishment of a permanent criminal justice information systems committee is recommended; technical assistance for information systems development is addressed.
Index Term(s): Criminal justice evaluation; Criminal justice system analysis; Information Systems and Technology; Juvenile justice information systems; Juvenile processing; Law enforcement; Prosecutor training; State government; Victims of Crime; Virginia
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