Masters Thesis

Administrative reform of the criminal justice system: the courts.

Crime has become a fact of life. Once stereotyped as a form of anti-social behavior that was limited in range and scope, illegal conduct has now become so common that its victims reportedly include one American family out of every four.¹ At the same time, its financial cost has risen to around $100 billion each year or roughly one-tenth of our p Gross National Product.² While the accuracy of these and other estimates is subject to a certain amount of methodological speculation,³ the fact remains that criminal activity has reached such a level of visibility that it represents a threat to the safety of every citizen and a challenge to the viability of our governmental institutions.

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