The preponderance of national evidence-based research findings directly links pretrial
release status to harsh sentences. The degree to which legal and extralegal  
courthouse culture violates “evenhandedness” in criminal proceedings is reflected in
what happens to statistically comparable “bond” versus “detain” defendants  in case
outcome and sentence.  One may draw his  or her own conclusion as to where
courthouse actors:  prosecutors’,  judges’,  legal defense attorneys’, and commercial
bondsmen’s individual philosophy of justice, and vested interests lie, political alliances
formed,  empirical  research findings  demonstrate the net effect of pretrial justice
system  tilt the scales of justice against the poor. Indeed pretrial detention is the
gatekeeper of mass incarceration of  the economically disadvantaged including
thousands of non-violent offenders and others found innocent after years of
imprisonment.
The goal of Themis Research is to examine institutional and defendant factors that
effect the scales of justice from arrest to recidivism. These factors include evaluating
the effects of defendants'  legal  attributes: charge, criminal history, type of legal
representation, set bail, bail access, pretrial jail days, incarceration costs,  pretrial
misconduct, treatment intervention and extralegal factors: race/ethnicity, sex, and
age, on plea, disposition, sentence, days of imprisonment  and recidivism.
Research Methodology & Analysis include reviewing administrative policies,
organizational variables and procedures, designing data gathering instruments, gleaning
data from official reports, conducting surveys, interviewing defendants and, agency
personnel, statistical analysis of data, making policy and procedure recommendations,
and preparing reports.
Themis Research
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IMPORTANCE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH
THE GOAL OF THEMIS RESEARCH
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
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