Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit

TitleCriminal Justice Assessment Toolkit
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitlePublication by UNODC
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsN.N.
PublisherUnited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC)
Accession Number808
Abstract

The Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit is a standardized and cross-referenced set of tools designed to enable United Nations agencies, government officials engaged in criminal justice reform, as well as other organizations and individuals to conduct comprehensive assessments of criminal justice systems; to identify areas of technical assistance; to assist agencies in the design of interventions that integrate United Nations standards and norms on crime prevention and criminal justice; and to assist in training on these issues. The Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit is a practical guide intended for use by those charged with the assessment of criminal justice systems and the implementation of criminal justice reform.
Designed to be a dynamic set of documents that continue to meet assessment needs as they evolve, the Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit will be adapted and enhanced, with an electronic version that will be updated on an ongoing basis. The Tools have been grouped within criminal justice system sectors, with the first four sectors as follows: Policing; Access to Justice; Custodial and Non-Custodial Measures; and Cross-Cutting Issues. The Tools are organized thematically, both to ensure ease of use and to assist the assessor in understanding the key issues confronting the system being assessed. As future needs are identified, additional Tools will be added.
The Tools have been designed to allow the assessor to assess the spectrum of criminal justice systems, from those with the most rudimentary of institutions and processes to those that are quite complex. Each Tool provides a practical and detailed guide to the key issues to be examined, the relevant United Nations Conventions, Standards and Norms, as well as customary international law. The level of detail in the Tools is deliberate, allowing assessors to gain an understanding of the depth and complexity that a thorough assessment of the criminal justice system should involve. The Tools are not checklists. An artificially simplified approach to conducting assessments would be a disservice to the assessor relying upon the Toolkit as well as the agencies, nations, and ultimately, the people at risk, who will depend on the quality of the assessments guided by the Toolkit. The Tools are designed for use in countries that have common law or civil law or hybrid criminal justice systems and assessors should find them particularly useful for countries undergoing transition or reconstruction.
 
The toolkit can be downloaded, split in parts, via UNODOC's website (see link below).

URLhttp://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/justice-and-prison-reform/Criminal-Justice-Toolkit.html?ref=menuside
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