Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Differentiated Case Management
Timothy W. Kinlock & Michael S. Gordon
Differentiated case management (DCM) is a method intended to make the processing of court cases more effective. It is based on the notion that all cases are not alike and therefore should not be subject to the same processing events and schedules. Early in the court process, DCM programs sort cases by type of charge, type of offender, and expected disposition. Attempts are made to process less serious cases faster so that more time, resources, and effort can be saved for more serious cases. The goals of DCM are to move cases through the system faster and to make better use of scarce jail space. DCM has the potential to reduce prosecution delays in courts in the United States. These delays can lead to several problems. First, delays can interfere with a defendant's right to a speedy trial. Second, delays can contribute to severe overcrowding in jails and detention centers. ...