A program evaluation of the Kane County court watching program
Sutherland, Laura (Student of political science)
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In 1985, the law enforcement and judiciary committee of the Task Force recommended that a court watching program be implemented in Kate County. The program was aimed specifically at having community volunteers monitor DUI cases as they progressed through the court system. This program will be evaluated for two reasons. First, there is currently intense pressure by some members of the Kane County Task Force to start the program up again. Other members of the Task Force are reluctant to invest the time commitment necessary to run the program unless they can be assured that the program is having an impact on the judicial process. Second, more generally, court watching programs are a relatively recent phenomenon. The Cook County program, the oldest in the nation, began in 1974. A review of the literature indicates that there has not been any studies done evaluating the impact of such programs on judges. This evaluation will make a modest effort to close that gap in the literature.