Case Studies

The Justice Management Institute (JMI) has conducted a number of case studies that have explored justice system programs and practices across the United States. These case studies have helped us to better understand innovations that have occurred and how those innovations function in jurisdictions with different cultures, population density, and challenges.

Project Highlights

High-Functioning Criminal Justice Systems

JMI is conducting, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, case studies of 8 criminal justice systems to determine what factors make them effective models for replication across the country. Read more . . .

Criminal Justice Coordination Efforts

Through the National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils, JMI has been conducting mini-guide studies of promising practices implemented by CJCCs across the country to facilitate more effective coordination efforts and to address emerging and pervasive criminal justice problems.  Read more . . .

Innovation in Rural Courts

Through the Rural Court Improvement Network, JMI has documented promising approaches to address common challenges facing courts that operate in predominantly rural jurisdictions. Read more . . .

Case Studies of Adult Drug Courts

In 2003, JMI published a profile of three adult drug courts: Hennepin County Drug Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the South County Drug Court in San Diego, California, and the St. Mary Parish Drug Court in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, which represent different legal and socioeconomic communities, local politics, and geography. The profiles highlight their efforts to institutionalize their drug courts, innovative aspects of their operations, and the challenges they have faced. Specifically, the report: 1) identifies critical community linkages that are valuable in the institutionalization process; 2) highlights how to leverage scarce resources; 3) shows how the heightened accountability and standards of the drug court movement have raised the bar for performance for the judiciary in general; and 4) demonstrates how drug courts have increased communities’ trust and confidence in the judiciary and contributed to public safety. Read more . . .

Pretrial Services Programs: Responsibilities and Potential

In 2001, JMI published a National Institute of Justice report which describes how pretrial programs operate, discusses key policy issues, and outlines questions and challenges for the future. A key focus of the report is how pretrial services programs obtain and convey information relevant to the pretrial release/detention decision. It also describes how pretrial services agencies, the court, and other criminal justice system agencies can work together to minimize the risks of nonappearance and pretrial crime. Read more . . .

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