From Silo to System: What Makes a Criminal Justice System Operate Like a System?

July 27, 2015
From Silo to System: What Makes a Criminal Justice System Operate Like a System?
Author: The Justice Management Institute
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For years, criminal justice systems have been described as being broken into silos—an analogy that reflects how insular each part of the criminal justice system has become, which has resulted in heightened attention on the intake and output of people and less  attention paid to the fundamental principles of the justice system. This report is the result of an exploratory case study approach that used in-depth interviews, as well as quantitative and qualitative data, from eight county-based criminal justice systems that have been cited over the years as being “highly effective.” The goal of this study was to create a framework for change that focuses on improving criminal justice system processes and outcomes by identifying the factors that create local systems that make improving the administration of justice a priority.