An Evaluation of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario

The Victim/Witness Assistance Program of Ontario provides assistance and support to crime victims and witnesses who are participating in a criminal justice proceeding. Piloted in 1987, the program was carefully monitored by the Ministry of the Attorney General to determine its usefulness to victim/witnesses and its effects on the operating environment of the criminal justice system. This article describes the various evaluation activities during the early stages of the program, and their effects of program development.

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Factors Affecting the Disposition of Sexual Assault Cases Before and After a Change in Sexual Assault Laws

Bill C-127, An Act to amend the Criminal Code in relation to Sexual Offenses and other Offenses Against the Person, was proclaimed by parliament on January 4, 1983. An evaluation was conducted in six Canadian cities to determine the impact of the new law. This article describes the findings from one site - Winnipeg, Manitoba - and centers Oil the processing of sexual assault cases as they proceed through the criminal justice system. Files from the police, Crown, courts and Sexual Assault Centre were used to obtain study information.

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An Impact Evaluation of the Edmonton Neighbourhood Foot Patrol Program

This article assesses the success of the Edmonton Neighbourhood Foot Patrol Program (NFPP) an innovative community policing program in reducing repeat calls-for-service, improving public/user satisfaction with police and increasing the job satisfaction of NFPP constables. The findings of an impact evaluation indicated that the Edmonton NFPP was successful in terms of these three objectives.

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The Impact of Evaluation Research on Policing Policy in Canada and the United States

Over the past 15 years, a number of evaluation studies have had a great impact on police policy. This research has helped to bring about a shift from a largely reactive policing style that involves the police working on their own, to a proactive style that involves the community. This article reviews sonic of the research done on police-based strategies and programs, community-based crime prevention programs, and community policing programs.

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Introduction to the Special Issue

This introduction to evaluation research on the criminal justice system provides a summary of the criminal justice system in Canada, discusses problems relating to research in the area, and introduces the articles contained in the issue.

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