Teri White Carns is a senior staff associate with the Alaska Judicial Council, where she has worked since 1974, directing many of its research projects. The council staffs Alaska’s Criminal Justice Working Group, a state-level commissioners and directors group that focuses on collaborating to guide policy and resolve interbranch problems.
Richard Schauffler is the director of research services for the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), based in Williamsburg, Virginia. At NCSC, he directs the Court Statistics Project, which collects and analyzes state court data to develop a national perspective on the work of state courts. He is also project director for State Court Organization, which presents detailed comparative data about how state trial and appellate courts are organized and administered in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
May is National Drug Court Month, and throughout the United States, events, public service campaigns, and other activities are under way, focusing on what drug courts are and what they do. This year’s theme is “Drug Courts: A Proven Budget Solution.”
If you’re looking for general resources about drug courts, the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recently revised their fact sheet.
The costs and benefits of criminal justice policies affect us all—taxpayers, elected officials, practitioners, and society as a whole. As cost-benefit analysts and budget officials know, any meaningful discussion about government costs requires an understanding of marginal costs because these are the costs affected by policy changes.
Because little concrete information is available about how to calculate marginal costs for cost-benefit analyses (CBA) of justice policies or programs, CBKB has published A Guide to Calculating Justice-System Marginal Costs.
This spring CBKB will publish A Guide to Calculating Justice-System Marginal Costs. Primarily a “how-to” technical guide for analysts, the publication is also intended to inform policymakers who have an interest in the costs and benefits of criminal justice initiatives. (Note: We published the guide in May.)
This won’t be the first time CBKB has addressed marginal costs.
Drug courts, policing, and pretrial detention, along with costs, costs, and even more thoughts on costs, were our special topics in 2011.
- Drug courts
- CBKB roundtable on cost-benefit analysis and cost effective policing
- By the numbers: A quick look at the costs and benefits of more police
- Targeting resources and reducing crime through hot-spots policing
- More affordable policing
- Managing policing costs by increasing legitimacy
- Guest blog: The costs and consequences of more policing
- Pretrial detention
- Economics of pre-trial release: Current research and future directions
- Assessing the cost and benefits of pretrial service programs
- Resources for conducting CBA’s of pretrial detention and release options
- Guest blog: A reflection on the costs and outcomes of the Jefferson County Bail Project
- Guest blog: Investing in pretrial service programs and the need for CBA