The Flow of Arrested Adult Defendants through the Manhattan Criminal Court in 1968 and 1969

by John B. Jennings

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This study is designed to identify operating problems and to provide a framework for analysis of resource allocation problems and court procedures. The study followed some 5,000 cases through the court, 90 percent of which followed one of eight or nine direct paths through arraignment, hearing, and trial. Numbers of arraignments increased by 15 percent in 1969. Disposition patterns remained the same. Average duration for cases entering the court was nine weeks; 5 percent took over 10 months. Duration varied from 13.1-week average for felonies and 12.8-week average for misdemeanors to 2.7-week average for violations. Felonies and violations showed no change in duration, but misdemeanors passed through more quickly, with 27 percent increase in numbers in 1969. Updating of this survey is suggested and a predictive mathematical model of the adjournment and case-flow process is recommended. (See also RM-6364.)

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