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Philadelphia Commission for Effective Criminal Justice (Pa.) Records

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URB 41

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
Philadelphia Commission for Effective Criminal Justice (Pa.) Records

Dates
1964-1979      

Collection ID
URB 41

Creator
Philadelphia Commission for Effective Criminal Justice (Pa.)

Quantity
15 linear feet (35 boxes)        

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.

           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Philadelphia Commission for Effective Criminal Justice was founded in 1974 by Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William R. Klaus and Supreme Court Judge Edmund Spaeth, Jr. to work toward major, system-wide changes in the Philadelphia criminal justice system. Relying on grants from area corporations and private foundations, the Commission's eighteen-member board of directors addressed the failure of the system to provide fair and effective criminal justice.

 In the wake of the important 1972 case, Jackson v. Hendrick, which held that the conditions of confinement within the Philadelphia County prison system were unconstitutional and in violation of state laws, Walter Cohen became Master of the Court of Common Pleas. In January 1975 he also took over as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission, cementing a close relationship between the Court and Commission staffs. From 1975 until its funding ran out in 1979, the Commission undertook a detailed study of the conditions outlined in Jackson v. Hendrick as well as such other important criminal justice issues as calendaring of judges, community and private sector input, screening and diversion, short-term detention, and agency coordination. The staff also conducted studies involving Philadelphia's criminal justice institutions, including the municipal court, the sheriff's office and the court of common pleas. In addition to various study reports, the Commission published, in 1975, a criminal justice guide as well as a monthly newsletter, Connections.

Description of Collection

This collection contains founding documents of the Commission, including its statement of purpose, articles of incorporation and its memorandum of understanding; correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, reports and drafts; correspondence with the city private agencies and foundations concerning financial support for the Commission; budget and grant proposals, budgets, expenditures, reports to funders, accountant correspondence and grant applications which detail the Commission's project plans. Also included are subject files containing correspondence, notes, reports, drafts and printed material relating to various aspects of criminal justice, produced and collected for the Commission's use, and newspaper clippings, covering aspects of Philadelphia criminal justice as well as the system in other cities.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 5 series as follows:

Series 1: Administration, 1974-1979
Series 2: Commission Funding, 1974-1979
Series 3: Subject File, 1964-1979
Series 4: Newspaper Clippings, 1970-1978
Series 5: Addenda, 1967-1978

Series 1: Administration. Series 1 contains founding documents of the Commission, its statement of purpose, articles of incorporation and its memorandum of understanding. Also included in the series are correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, reports and drafts, chronicling the decision-making and efforts of the board of directors, the director and the staff, as well as the newsletter, which outlines Commission progress.

Series 2: Commission Funding. Series 2 consists of correspondence with the city private agencies and foundations concerning financial support for the Commission. Also contained in this series are budget and grant proposals, budgets, expenditures, reports to funders, accountant correspondence and grant applications which detail the Commission's project plans.

Series 3: Subject Files. Series 3 contains correspondence, notes, reports, drafts and printed material relating to various aspects of criminal justice, produced and collected for the Commission's use. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 4: Newspaper Clippings. Series 4 contains chronologically arranged clippings, covering aspects of Philadelphia criminal justice as well as the system in other cities. Some clippings deal specifically with the Commission's efforts at reforming the city's system.

Series 5: Addenda. Series 5 contains files added after the original arrangement of the collection. Most overlap with the subject files (Series 3) and are arranged in a similar alphabetical order.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1617236~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Philadelphia Commission for Effective Criminal Justice (Pa.) Records are in custody of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Philadelphia Commission for Effective Criminal Justice (Pa.) Records, URB 41, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited through Walter W. Cohen, Executive Director, 1979 (Accession 401).

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Cohen, Walter M.
Klaus, William R.
Spaeth, Edmund B. (Edmund Benjamin), 1920-

Corporate Names:
Philadelphia Bar Association
Philadelphia County (Pa.). Sheriff
Philadelphia (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas
Philadelphia (Pa.) Municipal Court
Philadelphia Commission for Effective Criminal Justice (Pa.)

Subjects:
Criminal justice, Administration of--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--Citizen participation
Courts--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Articles of incorporation
Bylaws (administrative records)
Correspondence
Financial records
Manuscripts
Minutes
Newsletters
Reports

Inventory

Series 1: Administration, 1974-1979

Series 1 contains founding documents of the Commission, its statement of purpose, articles of incorporation and its memorandum of understanding. Also included in the series are correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, reports and drafts, chronicling the decision-making and efforts of the board of directors, the director and the staff, as well as the newsletter, which outlines Commission progress.

1          1          Background and Activities          undated

1          2          Articles of Incorporation          undated

1          3          Statement of Purpose          undated

1          4          Memorandum of Understanding          undated

1          5          Board Biographies

1          6          Board of Directors, Members          1974-1977

1          7          Board of Directors, Calendars          1974-1975

1          8-9          Board of Directors, Correspondence          1974-1979

1          10          Board of Directors, Involvement          1975-1978

1          11-12          Board of Directors, Meetings Agenda          1974-1979

1          13-14          Board of Directors, Meetings Minutes          1974-1979

2          15          Board of Directors, Memoranda          1974-1978

2          16          Board of Directors, Notes          1974-1975

2          17          Commission Activities          1974

2          18          Director Reports          1974-1975

2          19          Director's Assistant Correspondence          1977-1978

2          20          Executive Committee Notes          1974

2          21          Newsletter          1974-1977

2          22-23          Newsletter Correspondence          1974-1977

2          24          Newsletter Mailing List          Undated

2          25          Program Management Plan          1975

2          26          Progress Reports          1975-1977

3          27          Project Proposals          1974-1975

3          28          Projects          1977-1978

3          29          Staff          1976-1977

3          30          Staff Memos          1977

3          31          Staff Tasks          1976

3          32          Status Reports          1975-1976

Series 2: Commission Funding, 1974-1979

Series 2 consists of correspondence with the city private agencies and foundations concerning financial support for the Commission. Also contained in this series are budget and grant proposals, budgets, expenditures, reports to funders, accountant correspondence and grant applications which detail the Commission's project plans.

3          1          Accountant Correspondence          1975-1979

3          2          Budget and Expenditures          1976-1977

3          3          Budget Proposals          1976-1979

3          4          Consultants          1976

3          5          Funding Proposal          1974

3          6          Funding Ideas          1974-1977

3          7          Grant Applications          1975

3          8          Grant Proposal          1976-1977

3          9          Private Sector Funding          1976

4          10          Reports to Funders          1976-1977

4          11          Booz, Allen & Hamilton          1977-1978

4          12          City Controller          1972-1977

4          13          City Council          1975-1977

4          14          City District Attorney          1974-1978

4          15          City Managing Director          1975-1978

4          16          City Police Department          1975-1978

4          17          City Solicitor          1975

4          18          Edna McConnell Clark Foundation          1978-1979

4          19          Continental Bank          1974-1975

4          20          Fidelity Bank          1974-1977

4          21          Fidelity Mutual Insurance Company          1975-1976

4          22          First Pennsylvania          1974-1976

4          23          Germantown Savings Bank          1974-1977

4          24          Girard Bank          1974-1979

4          25          Greater Philadelphia Movement          1974-1977

4          25          A Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation

4          26-27          Miscellaneous Foundations          1974-1976

4          28-29          William Penn Foundation          1974-1977

5          30          Pew Charitable Trusts          1975-1979

5          31          Philadelphia National Bank          1974-1977

5          32          Philadelphia Partnership          1974-1975

5          33          Philadelphia Savings Fund Society          1974-1976

5          34          Quaker Chemical Corporation          1974-1979

5          35          Rohm and Haas          1974-1979

5          36          Rorer-Amchen, Incorporated          1974-1975

5          37          Smith-Kline Corporation          1974-1979

5          38          Sun Oil Company          1975-1977

5          39          Scott Paper Company          1974-1975

5          40          UGI Corporation          1975

5          41          John Wanamaker          1974-1976

5          42          Yarway Foundation          1975-1977

Series 3: Subject File, 1964-1979

Series 3 contains correspondence, notes, reports, drafts and printed material relating to various aspects of criminal justice, produced and collected for the Commission's use. The series is arranged alphabetically.

5          1          Admissions and Classification          1975

5          2          Affidavits          1976

5          3          Alcohol Decriminalization          1974-1975

5          4          Bail          1975-1977

6          5          Bail          1975-1977

6          6-23          BASICS Study          1975-1977

7          24-31          BASICS Study          1975-1977

7          32          Bryn Mawr          1973-1975

7          33-36          Calendaring          1976-1978

7          37          Charts          Undated

7          38          City Budget          1976-1977

7          39          City of Philadelphia          1973

7          40          City-State Planning          1974

7          41          Civic Agency Catalog          1975

8          42          Clearinghouse          1975

8          43-44          Clerk of the Quarter Sessions          1972-1977

8          45          Community-Based Corrections          1972-1975

8          46          Community Courts          1974-1975

8          47          Community Educational Programs          1974-1975

8          48          Community Services          1975-1976

8          49          Community Treatment Centers          1975-1976

8          50          Comprehensive Plan & Study          Undated

8          51          Conditional Release Project          1974-1975

8          52          Conferences          1974

8          53          Confidentiality          1975-1976

8          54          Consortium Report-Analysis          1975-1976

9          55          Consulting Research          1972-1974

9          56          Contempt          1976

9          57          Corrections          1974-1976

9          58          Cost Analysis of Correctional Standards          1975-1976

9          59          Court Bulletin          Undated

9          60-61          Courts          1974, 1976

9          62          Crime Statistics          1975

9          63          Criminal Courts Operation - Commission Report          1975

9          64-66          Criminal Justice Coordination          1972-1977

9          67          Criminal Justice Coordinator          1976

9          68          Criminal Justice Guide          1976-1979

10          69          Criminal Justice Newsletter          1975-1977

10          70          Criminal Justice Rules & Procedures          1973-1976

10          71          Criminal Justice Standard & Goals          1974

10          72          Criminal Justice System - Description          Undated

10          73          Criminal Justice System Productivity Analysis          1975

10          74          Data Base          1974-1975

10          75          Davis/Crawford Report          1975

10          76          Decriminalization          1974

10          77          Defendant Dispositions          1977

10          78          Defendant's Synopsis          1975

10          79          Definitions          1974

10          80          Detainers          1974-1975

10          81-85          Detention          undated

11          86          Detention Center Model          1972-1974

11          87          Detention Evaluation Study          1974

11          88          District Attorney          1978

11          89          District Attorney's Advisory Committee on Prisons          1971

11          90          District Attorney's Office Organization Project          1977

11          91          Diversion          1975

11          92          Drug Diversion          1977

11          93          Drug Treatment          1976

11          94          Drunk Driving          1974

11          95          Due Process          Undated

11          96-97          Employment          1975-1979

11          98          Evaluation          1975

12          99          Ex-Offenders: Programs          1978-1979

12          100          Forms          Undated

12          101          G.S.A. Region 3          Undated

12          102          Health and Welfare Council Notes and Meetings          1977

12          103-105          House of Representatives          1973-1978

12          106          Information Sharing Models          1974-1976

12          107          Information Systems          1975

13          108          Inmate Groups          1975

13          109          Inmate Security: Observation          1975

13          110          Inter Agency Agenda          1975

13          111          Inter Agency Directions          1974

13          112          Judges          1970-1976

13          113          Judicial Council of Pennsylvania          1974

13          114          Justice Center          1974-1977

13          115          Justice Model          1975-1976

13          116-117          Juveniles          1971-1978

13          118          Law Cases          1941-1976

14          119          Law Students: Memos          1975-1976

14          120          LEAA          1969-1977

14          121          Least Restrictive Alternatives          1976-1977

14          122          Legal Developments          1971

14          123          Legislation - Upcoming          1974-1977

14          124          Legislation Analysis          1976

14          125          Legislative Committee          1973-1975

14          126          Legislative Information          1974-1976

14          127          Loaned Executives          1973

14          128          Management in Correctional Institutions          1973-1975

14          129-133          Master Planning          1975-1976

15          134          Master Planning Materials          1975

15          135          Medical Research          1972-1975

15          136-138          Michigan Criminal Justice Program          1977-1978

15          139          Miscellaneous Notes          1974-1975

15          140-141          Miscellaneous Reports and Drafts

15          142-144          Municipal Court Study          1974-1977

16          145-158          Municipal Court Study          1974-1977

17          159-166          Municipal Court Study          1974-1977

18          167-173          Municipal Court Study          1974-1977

18          174          Observation Studies          1968-1970

18          175          Operations Improvement Program          1977

19          176-183          Pennsylvania Joint Council on the Criminal Justice System          1975- 1979

20          184-188          Pennsylvania Joint Council on the Criminal Justice System          1975-1979

20          189-190          Pennsylvania Program for Women & Girl Offenders          1974-1977

21          191          Philadelphia City Council          1972

21          192          Philadelphia Commission Directory          1974-1976

21          193-199          Philadelphia Common Pleas & Municipal Courts          1972-1978

22          200          Philadelphia's Regional Planning Council          1976-1978

22          201          Plaintiff's Synopsis          1976

22          202          Police          1975

22          203          Political Primer          1973

22          204          Priorities for Change          1974

22          205-206          Priority Listing for Trials          1975-1977

22          207          Prison Grievances          1974-1975

22          208-210          Prison Insight Project          1975

23          211          Prison Insight Project          1975

23          212          Prison Programs          1970-1975

23          213-214          Prison Research          1970-1977

23          215          Private Agency Survey          1977

23          216-219          Private Sector          1974-1978

24          220-221          Probation Department          1964-1976

24          222          Probation/Parole          1973-1974

24          223          Probationer's Education          1974

24          224          Psychiatric          1975-1976

24          225          Quotations          Undated

24          226          Rape          1975

24          227          Recorder's Court          1978

24          228          Rehabilitation Programs          1974-1975

24          229          Reserve People          1975

24          230-231          Resources          1974-1977

25          232          Retainer          1975-1976

25          233          Salaries and Fringe Benefits          1974

25          234-242          Screening and Diversion Study          1970-1977

26          243-253          Screening and Diversion Study          1970-1977

27          254-260          Screening and Diversion Study          1970-1977

27          261          Senate          Undated

28          262          Senate Bill S-1          1976

28          263-264          Sentencing          1970-1978

28          265-269          Sheriff's Office          1976-1978

28          270          Standards & Goals          1975

28          271          Stanish, Walter - Memos          1974-1975

28          272          Summons Project          1974

28          273          Sunshine Act          1975

28          274          System Analysis          1975

28          275          Technical Assistance          1975

28          276          Training          1976

28          277          Upcoming          1975

28          278          Victim Compensation          1974-1975

29          279          Volunteers          1975-1976

29          280          Waymart          1974

29          281          Wisconsin Supreme Court          1977-1978

29          282          Women          1975-1977

29          283          Women - Profile Data          1974

29          284          Women- Program Proposals          1974-1975

29          285          Women in Criminal Justice          1976

29          286          Work Release Program          1972-1974

Series 4: Newspaper Clippings, 1970-1978

Series 4 contains chronologically arranged clippings, covering aspects of Philadelphia criminal justice as well as the system in other cities. Some clippings deal specifically with the Commission's efforts at reforming the city's system.

29          1-4                    1970-1975

30          5-6                    1976-1978

Series 5: Addenda, 1967-1978

Series 5 contains files added after the original arrangement of the collection. Most overlap with the subject files (Series 3) and are arranged in a similar alphabetical order.

31          1          Agency Information          undated

31          2          Agency Lists          1974

31          3          American Bar Association          undated

31          4          American Correctional Association          1975

31          5          American Institute of Architects          1974

31          6          Bar Association Criminal Justice Section          1975

31          7-11          BASICS          1974-1978

31          12          Bureau of Corrections          Undated

32          13-14          Calendaring and Case flow          1976

32          15          Charge Code Translation          1976

32          16          Children's Hospital          1974-1975

32          17          Civic Agency Catalog          1973-1975

32          18          Coalition Against Police Abuses          1974

32          19          Commission Projects          1973-1974

32          20          Common Building Task Force          1975

32          21-22          Consortium-Municipal Court          1976-1977

32          23          Conversations and Interviews          1975-1976

32          24-27          Criminal Justice Reform          1972-1973

32          28          District Attorney          1974-1976

33          29-30          Diversion          1976-1977

33          31          Facilities          1976

33          32-35          Funding Evaluation Report          1975-1976

33          36          Greater Philadelphia Movement          1973

33          37          Greater Philadelphia Partnership          1974-1976

33          38          Hartford Institute of Criminal and Social Justice          1975

33          39          Interview and Observation Notes          1975-1976

33          40          Inter-Agency Correspondence          undated

33          41          Inter-Agency Lists 42Inter-Agency Minutes          1974-1975

33          43          Inter-Agency Miscellaneous          1974-1975

34          44          Legislative Committees          1975

34          45-46          Miscellaneous Correspondence          1975-1976

34          47          Miscellaneous Information          1975-1976

34          48          Municipal Court          1975-1977

34          49          National Clearinghouse          undated

34          50          National Council on Crime and Delinquency          1974

34          51-52          Philadelphia Bar Association          1967

34          53          Philadelphia Commission Employment Paper          1975

34          54-56          Philadelphia Commission Reports          1974-1976

34          57          Philadelphia Partnership, Incorporated          1974

34          58          Philcourt and Aid Services          Undated

34          59          Preliminary Hearings          1976

34          60          Pre-Trial Conditional Release          1973

34          61          Private Sector Workshop          1976-1978

34          62          Proposal Research Project          1977

34          63          Rule 1100          1976

34          64-67          Screening and Diversion          1973-1977

34          68          Sentencing and Disposition Codes          1976

34          69-70          Systems Relations          Undated

34          71          Three-Year Report          1976-1977

34          72          Tie-Line          1969-1975

34          73          Victim Counseling Service          1975

34          74          Victim Witness Assistance          undated

34          75          Visiting          1970-1974

34          76          Workshop          1977