Assistant Professor Don Stemen Receives Grant to Study Deferred Prosecution

Dr. Stemen in collaboration with Christine George, Research Associate Professor at CURL, and John Orwat, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work received a grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority to evaluate the Cook County State's Attorney's Deferred Prosecution Program. The evaluation of the Cook County State's Attorney's Deferred Prosecution Program will examine whether deferred prosecution can result in reduced recidivism or other behavioral changes in individuals.  It also seeks to understand the development, implementation, and operations of deferred prosecution and the relative impact of the program on the routines of different actors in the justice system.  As deferred prosecution schemes have emerged as key criminal justice policy issues, evidence-based evaluations of the type proposed are central to understanding the functioning and impact of deferred prosecution and to increasing the potential of such programs to inform sound criminal justice policy.