Performance Measurement in Juvenile Defense
Performance Measurement in Juvenile Defense
By: Timothy Ross, Categories: Juvenile Justice, Comments Off on Performance Measurement in Juvenile Defense

Young people caught up in the juvenile justice system have a constitutional right to an attorney.   These attorneys, known as juvenile defenders, often carry large caseloads and face significant resource challenges. As a result, while most sectors of the justice system use information technology to populate robust sets of performance measures and to influence public policy, juvenile defenders have had little access to data specific to their field and have no commonly recognized indicators to assess trends and measure performance.  Action Research is assisting the National Juvenile Defender Center in its efforts to fill this gap.