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NCJ Number: NCJ 173409     Find in a Library
Title: Case Management in the Criminal Justice System
Series: NIJ Research in Action
Author(s): K M Healey
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: Text PDF 
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The increasing use of case management of offenders is discussed in terms of its strategies and practices, the models used, the main issues that it entails, the types of offenders most suited for this approach, and obstacles to its use.
Abstract: Case management is being used for arrestees, probationers, and parolees. Probation and parole officers are most likely to supervise offender case management. Today's criminal justice case management models link inmates returning to the community with drug treatment programs, mental health services, and social service agencies prior to their release. The main activities of criminal justice case management include engaging the client in the treatment process, assessing the client's needs, developing a service plan, linking the client with appropriate services, monitoring client progress, intervening with sanctions when necessary, and advocating for the client as needed. Case management in criminal justice requires the case manager to take on additional tasks beyond those assumed by traditional social service case workers. Thus, they are likely to provide informal guidance to their clients; some correctional case management programs consciously blur the broker and treatment roles and emphasize the need for cross-training between case managers and mental health providers, drug counselors, domestic assault program counselors, and other social service providers. Practitioners consider monitoring and graduated sanctions to be crucial to successful case management. Challenges in case management include how to provide continuous service to inmates returning to the community, how best to use sanctions, how to measure program effectiveness and developing employment resources for offenders. In addition, poorly designed programs and overburdened case managers can severely undermine the performance of such a program. Case examples and reference notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Corrections management ; Parole casework ; Probation casework ; Case management ; Probation management
   
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