What are the most important matters to consider in the development of a plan for a criminal justice organization?

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When considering a plan for a criminal justice organization, the first consideration has to involve questions of jurisdiction.  In other words, what are the legal authorities of the organization?  Does it operate at the federal, state, or local level?  Answering these basic questions is a start in establishing parameters for the organization's operations.

Another consideration for a criminal justice organization would be personnel recruitment.  The question does not specify what kind of organization is at issue: is it a law enforcement agency, a district attorney's office, a nongovernmental organization established to protect the rights of the accused or those of the victim?  One thing for certain is that hiring the best personnel available will be vital to the organization's ability to carry out its mission.  Lawyers, police officers, judges, all vary in terms of quality; securing the best will vastly improve the organization's effectiveness.

A corrolary of the personnel issue involves chemistry within the organization.  Any plan has to take into account the personal chemistry of the staff -- how well individuals work together, whether ego is a problem, do all share the same level of commitment, etc.  Criminal justice is a very high-stress area, involving long work hours, relatively low pay, and exceptionally high stakes (e.g., whether an individual deserves to go to prison; whether a victim is to be believed; whether the financial costs of going to trial warrants prosecution, and more).  

Assuming a limited budget, how are available financial resources going to be used?  Is there a necessary trade-off between equipment and personnel, in effect, is it necessary to have fewer people in order to afford better equipment?  It is the rare plan in business or law enforcement that does not involve financial considerations.  In criminal justice, those considerations determine whether police officers will receive overtime compensation; if not, then is the public at greater risk if police do not work overtime?  Is there sufficient money to pay for the extra officers needed to provide security at a major public event?  Again, financial considerations may dictate the content and viability of the plan.

On the basis of the limited information provided in the question, there is little more that can be added.  The above, however, provide some important considerations for a criminal justice organization.

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