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NCJ Number: 149733 Find in a Library
Title: Sources of Excellence
Journal: Federal Prisons Journal  Volume:3  Issue:3  Dated:(Winter 1994)  Pages:11-14
Author(s): P W Keve
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 4
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Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article outlines innovations taken by the Federal Bureau of Prisons during its 63-year history, particularly those relating to management and leadership in the field of corrections.
Abstract: The author describes six so-called sources of excellence. The first has been the Bureau's success in setting a new professional direction for Federal corrections, in which officers are rewarded on the basis of merit, rather than patronage. The Bureau has adopted a well-defined guiding philosophy of seeing inmates as individuals, which led to the Federal classification system. The Bureau established a correctional system from its inception that has been emulated and maintained by succeeding administrations. The Bureau developed a separate corporation to operate prison industries within the free enterprise system. Over the years, the Bureau has instituted a network of community corrections facilities, which the system uses to reduce its reliance on more expensive institutional beds. Finally, Bureau leadership has been distinguished in its development of unit management, which has streamlined and improved the effectiveness of both custody and treatment. 4 notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections management; Criminology; Federal Bureau of Prisons; History of corrections
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