Controlling a jail population by partially closing the front door - An evaluation of a "summons in lieu of arrest" policy
Abbreviated Journal Title
jails; overcrowding; summons; alternatives to arrest; Criminology & Penology
This study reports on an evaluation of a strategy designed to reduce crowding of a county jail. The local judiciary sought to reduce the jail population by ordering local police agencies to issue a summons rather than arrest individuals accused of seven misdemeanor offenses. The study compares all cases booked during the first 8 months of the policy with all cases booked during the same months in the previous year. The results indicate that the policy was implemented, that it did reduce the intake population, and that there were minimal side effects; however, the potential impact was considerably over-estimated in the planning stage.
"Controlling a jail population by partially closing the front door - An evaluation of a "summons in lieu of arrest" policy" (2006). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 5928.