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NCJ Number: 121227 Find in a Library
Title: Examination of Officials' Perceptions of the Operation of the Polk County Department of Correctional Services (From Community Corrections: A Community Field Approach, P 269-298, 1990, David E Duffee and Edmund F McGarrell, eds. -- See NCJ-121217)
Author(s): P Stageberg
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study presents data on case processing and the perceptions of practitioners regarding the impact of the operation of the Polk County Department of Court Services (DCS) (Des Moines, Iowa).
Abstract: Rather than examining only the offenders participating in the four DCS programs (release on recognizance, supervised release, probation, and residential facilities), the study combined some of the attributes of prior community-based corrections (CBC) and juvenile diversion evaluations, making use of the goal-oriented approach of CBC evaluations while placing them in the system-oriented framework often used in the evaluation of diversion programs. Diversion, "net-widening," and public protection are examined in detail. Although the archival data suggested only a small reduction in detention stemming from the development of release-with-services, a majority of respondents perceived that it significantly reduced detention. Practitioners' responses were often apparently dependent on their employment and departmental affiliation. The findings indicate the importance of communication among segments of the justice system to reduce the chance of misperception about programs' effectiveness. 1 note, discussion questions.
Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult)
Index Term(s): Corrections costs; Diversion programs; Iowa
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