Multiple Objective Analytics for Criminal Justice Systems
Criminal justice systems are complex and difficult to design and operate. This is due to their many interacting parts, and their dynamic and probabilistic nature, as well as their interfaces with other systems. This book reviews the use of analytics to address issues in criminal justice system and discusses the various sources of data associated with the systems.
This book is meant to be used by those who would like 1) an introduction to criminal justice systems and 2) an illustration of how some of the various methodologies of analytics can be used to address specific issues in criminal justice systems.
This book will be of interest to faculty, students, and researchers in schools/departments of criminal justice, law, public affairs, political science, industrial engineering, and management. In addition, the book should be of use to government analysts who study the effects of criminal programs and laws.
"The book comprehensively covers the application of multi criteria decision making approaches to the different areas of criminal justice system. The book seems to be very well written with real world examples, a great reference book for scholars in the fields of criminal justice, industrial engineering, operations research, and mathematics. I will certainly recommend the book to our university library."
- Aman Gupta, Associate Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
"This book provides clear and comprehensive coverage on the use of decision analytics to evaluate and improve decision making within the complex criminal justice system.
Dr. Jerry Evans’ writing style, in-depth research, and organized presentation make this book a "must read" for anyone looking to learn more about how our justice system operates and about how better decisions can be made through the application of multi-objective decision techniques. The book offers countless examples and straightforward explanations, and as such, should be of interest to wide range of readers."
- John S. Usher, Professor, University of Louisville
"Criminal Justice has become a topic of great interest, especially in the past few years. This book shows how industrial engineering tools can be applied to an important societal problem and help policy makers make sound decisions."
- Sunderesh Heragu, Oklahoma State University
"Focusing on the issues of bail reform, prison privatization, "get tough" policies and reintegration of ex-offenders, the author shows how the objective analysis of data can yield more effective policies than a mountain of politically tinged rhetoric or emotional anecdotes. Prof. Evans swells the chorus of researchers seeking to replace our tendency to periodically see-saw from overly harsh to overly lenient policies with practices based on data-driven pragmatism. His book contributes to a noble endeavor with the potential to save not only misspent dollars but misspent lives."
- Steven M. Fleece, Trial Court Judge, State of Indiana (retired)