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NCJ Number: 149736 Find in a Library
Title: Information as a Management Tool
Journal: Federal Prisons Journal  Volume:3  Issue:3  Dated:(Winter 1994)  Pages:25-28
Author(s): S P Rausch
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 4
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Federal Bureau of Prisons has developed several innovative tools for making well-informed managerial decisions.
Abstract: The Bureau's on-line inmate information system, known as SENTRY, has modules to monitor inmate statistics, property accounting, litigation, administrative remedies, and disciplinary tracking. Data entered into the SENTRY system overwrite previous data, thereby providing a snapshot of information at one point in time. To keep historical information and provide users with easy access in various aggregations, the Bureau developed the Key Indicators/Strategic Support System (KI/SSS). This is a PC-based management information system that includes information on inmates and facilities such as demographics, misconduct, administrative remedy, furlough, community corrections, educational participation, population, capacity, admissions and discharge, and sentencing/classification. Program reviews are conducted using discipline-specific guidelines developed and refined during the management assessment process. Institution Character Profiles, conducted approximately every 3 years, are used by regional directors and their wardens as a means of communicating information and determining resource needs. All these tools are used by the Bureau in its management assessment and strategic planning processes. 2 notes and 10 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Correctional information systems; Federal Bureau of Prisons
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