The District's criminal justice system is comprised of five basic organizational components: police, prosecution, defense, courts, corrections and parole. Together these components carry out the criminal justice process. This process involves detection of crime and apprehension of criminals, pretrial decisions and services, trial, sentencing and corrections or service of sentences. In carrying out these functions, the various criminal justice agencies involved participate in various information and data-gathering activities. Their efforts to collect and analyze data play a vital role in monitoring and evaluating the District's criminal justice system and in examining trends that affect the system.
Crime and Justice Report for the District of Columbia, 1990
Criminal justice statistics.
Date Published: June 1, 1991