ERIC Number: ED063900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov-18
Reference Count: 0
University-Urban Interface Program Pittsburgh Goals: Notes on the Criminal Justice System.
One of the projects selected for the University Urban Interface Program at the University of Pittsburgh was that of studying and implementing some long-range goals for the city of Pittsburgh. Of the goals set up, reforms in the criminal justice system are seen as very desirable. Indeed, leaders in government and law in the black community programs give this issue the highest rating from among the 28 changes studied. Major suggestions for such reform include: (1) a complete overhaul of the bail system; (2) an adequate public defender system; (3) reorganization of the courts; (4) elimination of the backlog of cases; (5) rehabilitative rather than punitive justice; and (6) standardization of penalities and sentences for similar crimes and offenses. Some of the community leaders emphasize the need for better provisions in the whole system of administration of justice for the poorer and less educated citizens. Although reforms in the criminal justice system are 1 of the 2 most desired changes and 1 of the 5 most important issues in the community, the reforms are not expected to come about. (HS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. University Urban Interface Program.
Note: Paper presented at the Community-University Forum on Criminal Justice, University of Pittsburgh, November 18, 1971