Guest blog post: How cost-benefit analysis helps Alaska get smarter on crime

by , November 7, 2013

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.

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An interview with Richard Schauffler of the National Center for State Courts

by , July 31, 2013

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.

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It’s National Drug Court Month. Do you know where your costs and benefits are?

by , May 13, 2013

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.

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New from CBKB: A Guide to Calculating Justice-System Marginal Costs

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.

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It bears repeating: Marginal costs matter.

by , April 10, 2013

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.

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