Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $349,919)
The goal of the 2010 BJS Census of Problem-Solving Courts (CPSC) is to generate accurate and reliable national statistics regarding adult offenders who enter problem-solving court programs. The information collected through this census will support a sampling framework to examine case processing information and case dispositions of adults in problem-solving courts. The project is designed to better understand the population served by problem-solving courts.
At a minimum, the census will collect information on (1) court operations and staffing, (2) the number of offenders who enter the court, and (3) the characteristics of offenders who enter these programs. The goal is to collect information on court operations during calendar year 2009, including aggregate information on offenders who entered the problem-solving court program during that time.
In order to avoid duplication of efforts and to minimize respondent burden, the successful applicant is expected to coordinate with other agencies that collect similar information from drug courts and other problem-solving court programs. The population served by these problem-solving courts will then be used to develop a sampling approach that may support further data collection on offenders processed through the problem-solving courts.