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NCJ Number: 137190 Find in a Library
Title: Functional Unit Management
Journal: Federal Prisons Journal  Volume:2  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1992)  Pages:15- 19
Author(s): H Toch
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Federal Bureau of Prisons introduced functional unit management in 1970 and continues to develop the concept and explore its potential.
Abstract: Under unit management, each group of 50-100 inmates has its own staff team, becomes a specialized mini-prison within a larger prison, and shares the institution's facilities with other units. Unit management was initially developed to reduce inmate violence and to house inmate drug abusers in regular prisons. The three types of units are those focusing on treatment; those providing education, training, work experiences, and counseling; and those that are management-related. The management-related units are the most common and are based on inmate classification by such factors as personality type or age. In deciding on what specialized units and programs to create with the limited resources available, management must consider the problems for the inmates and other offenders if they were integrated into the regular inmate population, the inmates' needs for specialized programs, whether the program can be effective without dealing with the offenders as a group, and other alternatives available within the Federal prison system. Two possible models involve the creation of institutions that are conglomerates of special units or placing one or two special units in prisons that are otherwise unspecialized. Photographs
Main Term(s): Corrections management; Unit management
Index Term(s): Federal Bureau of Prisons; Federal correctional facilities
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