Indicators of Justice

Measuring the Performance of Prosecution, Defense, and Court Agencies Involved in Felony Proceedings: Analysis and Demonstration

by Sorrel Wildhorn, Marvin Lavin, Anthony H. Pascal, Sandra H. Berry, Stephen P. Klein, Raymond Sinetar, Gerald C. Sumner, G. Uelmen


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The second of two volumes presenting the results of an 18-month study of the use of statistical performance measures in the context of felony proceedings. This volume gives a comprehensive and detailed description of all aspects of the study. It includes a background discussion and literature review; professional views on performance measures; a discussion of a theoretical basis for selecting performance measures; a description of the data collection efforts; how the demonstration jurisdictions were selected; the application of selected performance measures in the two demonstration jurisdictions; the role of criminal case auditing in performance measurement; the methods, procedures, and results of surveying lay participant attitudes; and the general findings and implications of the study. This volume is directed primarily to the criminal justice research community--analysts, academicians, and survey researchers. (See also R-1917-DOJ.)

Table of Contents

  • Part 1

  • Preface

  • Executive Summary

  • Acknowledgments

  • Figures

  • Tables

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Background and Literature Review

  • Chapter Three

    Professional Views on Performance Measures: Interviews with Practitioners

  • Chapter Four

    The Performance Measures: Selection, Rationale, Limitations, and Data Elements Required

  • Chapter Five

    The Demonstration Jurisdictions: Selection and Description

  • Chapter Six

    Application of Performance Measures in Multnomah County

  • Chapter Seven

    Application of Performance Measures in Dade County

  • Chapter Eight

    The Role of Criminal Case Auditing in Performance Measurement

  • Part 2

  • Chapter Nine

    Comparing the Demonstration Jurisdictions

  • Chapter Ten

    General Procedures and Results of the Surveys of Lay Participants

  • Chapter Eleven

    General Findings and Implications of the Study

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