Criminal Justice Policymaking: Boundaries and Borderlands, Final Report of the Criminal Justice Project

Jack C Doppelt, Peter Manikas, John P. Heinz, Mindy Trossman

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Abstract

The analysis found that there is a severe lack of coordination between agencies in the system. As a result, juveniles often are not dealt with adequately, escalating drug arrests are straining the courts' capacity, there is no comprehensive information system, new programs are often not implemented, and public safety and confidence is eroded. The first chapter discusses values of criminal justice policymaking and explores the specific interagency conflicts that plague Cook County and how those conflicts are generally resolved. A statistical technique, smallest space analysis, is used to describe the results of a survey regarding communications between officials of various criminal justice agencies. Finally, the relationship between the media and the criminal justice network is described in terms of the extent and nature of source-media contact and the impact of the media on criminal justice policy. The primary recommendation of the report is to create an Office of Criminal Justice Policy to meet the county's long-term planning needs. 15 figures, 10 appendixes, and 74 references.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherNorthwestern University
Number of pages196
StatePublished - 1990

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Doppelt, J. C., Manikas, P., Heinz, J. P., & Trossman, M. (1990). Criminal Justice Policymaking: Boundaries and Borderlands, Final Report of the Criminal Justice Project. Northwestern University.