Evaluation of the ZSM-procedure (2014-2015)

Evaluation of the ZSM-procedure (changes in the process of prosecution) awarded by the WODC on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.

The goal of the study was to determine what the consequences of the recommended ZSM procedure are for the legal protection of suspects, the efficiency of the ZSM-process, and the costs for the police, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and subsidized legal assistance.  

In order to do justice to the complexity of the (recommended changes in the) ZSM-procedure, the study concerned both the implementation of the recommended ZSM-procedure (process oriented approach) and the consequences of the recommended ZSM-procedure (result oriented approach). 

This study was carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of the Erasmus University, led by the Centre of Excellence in Public Safety Management.