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Title: Development of the Modern Classification System (From Issues in Correctional Training and Casework, Volume 4, P 17-20, 1988, Bruce I Wolford and Pam Lawrenz, eds.)
Author(s): M W Forcier
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY 40475
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America

Eastern Kentucky University
Dept of Correctional Services
105 Stratton
Richmond, KY 40475
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article briefly reviews the historical background and development of the modern correctional classification system.
Abstract: Subjective and objective classification systems are compared, elements of an objective classification system are examined, and lessons from classification research are noted. It is pointed out that classification systems vary in terms of the factors or variables considered in classifying inmates and the points or weights assigned to each factor. Although prior history and disciplinary adjustment are among the most commonly used predictive criteria in initial classification, no research has considered the reliability of these variables. Only preincarceration variables have been tested, and aside from the weak but consistent predictors of age, marital status, and race, such variables are the least likely to have predictive value. Overall, the ability to predict inmate or offender behavior is limited. 18 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Inmate classification
Index Term(s): Offender classification; Offense classification
Note: Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Correctional Symposium, Lexington, Ky., and at the Third Annual National Correctional Trainers Conference, Pittsburgh
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