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Exploring Case Resolution Time for Child Sexual Abuse Cases in Three Counties

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The decision to prosecute child sexual abuse is complicated because of the special dynamics of these cases. With public and professional support for criminal justice involvement high, sexual abuse cases will continue to make up an increasing percentage of court caseloads. Limited research in this area suggests that delays in criminal resolution time for child sexual abuse cases are common. Yet few comprehensive studies on this topic exist. With funding from the Law and Social Science program of the National Science Foundation, we examine case resolution time for child sexual abuse cases in three counties in Oregon. Data includes an online survey to key court professionals (N=54) about caseflow management and retrospective case-level data (N=500) on key court dates (i.e. charging, trial, resolution) and court events (motions, number of times events rescheduled). We examine the length of time between key court events, what predicts a lengthy disposition time and whether cases are taking longer than recommended standards. Understanding factors that inhibit timely case processing is critical to utilizing court resources efficiently, creating a just court process, and to minimizing the negative impact of delays on victims and defendants.
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Walsh, Wendy. and Jones, Lisa. "Exploring Case Resolution Time for Child Sexual Abuse Cases in Three Counties" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, Nov 15, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p514911_index.html>

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Walsh, W. and Jones, L. , 2011-11-15 "Exploring Case Resolution Time for Child Sexual Abuse Cases in Three Counties" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p514911_index.html

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Abstract: The decision to prosecute child sexual abuse is complicated because of the special dynamics of these cases. With public and professional support for criminal justice involvement high, sexual abuse cases will continue to make up an increasing percentage of court caseloads. Limited research in this area suggests that delays in criminal resolution time for child sexual abuse cases are common. Yet few comprehensive studies on this topic exist. With funding from the Law and Social Science program of the National Science Foundation, we examine case resolution time for child sexual abuse cases in three counties in Oregon. Data includes an online survey to key court professionals (N=54) about caseflow management and retrospective case-level data (N=500) on key court dates (i.e. charging, trial, resolution) and court events (motions, number of times events rescheduled). We examine the length of time between key court events, what predicts a lengthy disposition time and whether cases are taking longer than recommended standards. Understanding factors that inhibit timely case processing is critical to utilizing court resources efficiently, creating a just court process, and to minimizing the negative impact of delays on victims and defendants.


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