Letter from the Editor

Article excerpt

This issue of Justice System Journal directs attention to varied issues in the administration of criminal justice. Although not every piece is specifically directed to judicial processes, the implications for court management and policy are clear.

Each of the three articles deals with criminal punishment. James Brunet first offers an analysis of day reporting in two North Carolina counties. Although there are features unique to the state's judicial system, and even to the two counties highlighted, that may intervene in the implementation of intermediate sanctions, the research reported clearly offers lessons for courts across the country. The second article, by Ellen Lemley and Gregory Russell, is based on a case study of an adult restorative justice program in Spokane, Washington, and also raises issues for policy implementation in general and criminal punishment in particular. In the third article, Michael Costelloe and his colleagues provide an interesting comparison of public opinion on criminal punishment. Relying on survey data from Florida and the Czech Republic, the authors analyze those attributes that help to explain punitive attitudes toward criminal punishment in two different countries.

Three research notes continue both criminal justice and court administration themes with attention to juries and sentencing. …