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Improving Criminal Justice through Better Decision Making

Title: Improving Criminal Justice through Better Decision Making: Lessons from the Medical System.
Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Bacon, Sarah, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2009-03-13
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Against a backdrop of unprecedented growth in the criminal justice system stand calls for increased government accountability, yet substantial gaps between ideal and actual practice remain. Many observers have pointed to the problem and some of its causes and solutions, including the need for performance monitoring and evidence-based practices. Less attention has been paid to how decision-making errors influence effective criminal justice practice. This article draws on examples from medicine, where decision making has been examined in more depth, and applies them to criminal justice. Its goals are to identify the types of decision-making errors that can undermine effective practice and policy in the criminal justice system, illustrate how systemic factors influence everyday decision making, and draw attention to the benefits of decision making-focused monitoring and assessment. The article concludes by discussing the implications for performance monitoring and improving the criminal justice system.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1464805126 (IID), 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2009.02.001 (DOI)
Publication Note: This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license The publisher's version can be found at:
Preferred Citation: Mears, Daniel P., and Sarah Bacon. 2009. “Improving Criminal Justice through Better Decisionmaking: Lessons from the Medical System.” Journal of Criminal Justice 37(2):142-154.
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Criminal Justice.
Issue: iss. 2, vol. 37

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Mears, D. P., & Bacon, S. (2009). Improving Criminal Justice through Better Decision Making: Lessons from the Medical System. Journal Of Criminal Justice. Retrieved from