Defense Counsel and Homicide Cases
Read Measuring the Effect of Defense Counsel on Homicide Case Outcomes (pdf, 59 pages)
The National Institute of Justice sponsors criminal court research and court-based program evaluation to identify tools, programs and policies that satisfy criminal justice goals including: public safety, cost-efficiency and fair and equitable treatment of victims and defendants.
Courts Research Portfolio
NIJ's criminal courts research informs these goals through several approaches:
Court Operations and Case Management — methods for criminal justice administration applicable to diversion, pretrial and other stages of the criminal case processing.
Specialized or Problem-Solving Courts — court-based interventions for offenders and communities that address substance abuse, mental health and other criminogenic needs.
Adjudication and Sentencing — criminal court procedures for judges, prosecutors, defense counsel and juries from arraignment through trial and sentencing.
Evaluating and Presenting Evidence in Court
Technology — contraband detection technologies for courtroom security and forensic and other scientific technologies that support criminal case processing through information sharing, evidence testing and management and other investigative and trial functions. See related topics under forensics including types of forensic evidence and types of investigations.