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Revenue Generation vs Justice. Where is the Balance?
AuthorHines, Christina Belle
AdvisorRichardson, James T
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AbstractRevenue Generation vs. Justice: Where is the Balance? The intent of this paper is to show what revenue generation actually means in the judicial branch of government and create the understanding that the courts do not "generate revenue", but dispense individual justice in individual cases. When a judge imposes monetary penalties in an individual case this is where "revenue generation" in the courts begins. In order to hold the offender accountable for the crimes committed there should be a means to collect these monetary penalties in the courts. This paper will combine secondary research with primary research to determine collection practices in courts and the effectiveness of those practices. A list of best practices in collections will be compiled from the research and a model to implement those practices in the courts will be created. The anticipated outcome of the paper is that the courts will use the model of best practices in collections to increase the receipt of fines and fees owed by the offenders and justice will be served by holding the offenders accountable for their crimes. In addition to this, the executive and legislative branches of government will respect the position of the judicial branch in the fact that each case filed is individual and justice can not be served with the expectation that every case filed includes monetary penalties that will imposed and collected.