cases closed, was $2,792 (BJS, 2007). 4. Budgeting data for the local agencies was not available at the time of this study. All recommendations will be made with the assumption that budgeting factors will remain neutral. 5. Each incident of crime handled by the criminal justice system takes up a certain amount of resources, whether the case is cleared all the way through therjudicial system and into the correction system or not. The resources allocated to the criminal justice system are not limitless. It has been estimated that 34% of the combined prison population is there as a result of victimless crime. (Suede, 2011) At an average cost ( in 2005) of $23,876 per state prisoner, this is a huge waste of resources, especially considering that these figures represent the end of the criminal justice filter.
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