Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2015

Abstract

The McLean County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council seeks to ensure an effective, fair, and efficient system of justice. It aims to understand how different factors affect case processing time, so as to reduce unnecessary delay. An exploratory multivariate analysis of jail data was conducted to determine how case-related factors and factors unrelated to the case influence how long it took for a criminal case to be processed within the McLean County court system between 2007 and 2013. Based on the findings, case-related variables like charge severity, number of counts, and days in custody hold more predictive power than variables that are unrelated to the case like race/ethnicity, age, and case-filed year.

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