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NCJ Number: 148322 Find in a Library
Title: Decentralized Management in Prison: A Comparative Case Study
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:20  Issue:3-4  Dated:(1994)  Pages:117-130
Author(s): J F Farmer
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 14
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This comparative case study of the organizational climates in two medium-security prisons in Massachusetts tested seven hypotheses; in general, it was hypothesized that unit management would positively affect staff and inmate safety and security, quality of life, staff work environment, and inmate services and programs.
Abstract: Several indexes of prison climate were created by factor analyses of responses of 149 correctional personnel and 442 inmates to adapted Saylor surveys. Results suggested that flattening an organizational structure without decentralizing authority seems to have negative effects on staff supervisory relations and job satisfaction. Findings support theories that predict higher levels of job satisfaction when authority is delegated. In contrast, inmates reported a better quality of life in terms of personal well-being and living conditions and a more effective staff (responsive, accurately informed) under the flatter unit management structure, whether or not staff perceived adequate delegation of authority. Tables and 14 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Correctional personnel attitudes; Criminology; Inmate attitudes; Inmate staff relations; Massachusetts; Prison conditions; Unit management
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