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NCJ Number: 157028 Find in a Library
Title: Stakeholder Conflict in an Alternative Sentencing Program: Implications for Evaluation and Implementation
Journal: Evaluation and Program Planning  Volume:17  Issue:2  Dated:(April-June 1994)  Pages:179-186
Author(s): E F McGarrell; M J Sabath
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents the partial results of an evaluation of an alternative sentencing program adopted in Indiana. The authors discuss the differing perceptions that different stakeholders had of the policy.
Abstract: The authors evaluated a Client Specific Planning Program which was intended to develop a more effective and efficient sentence for defendants believed to be prison bound. A case developer conducts a thorough background investigation and explores a variety of community-based sanctions and programs tailored to a specific defendant. The findings indicate considerable disagreement over the perceived effectiveness of the program. Assessing the program on the basis of responses of key stakeholders leads to the conclusion that it depends on whom you ask. The authors believe that this is not an isolated finding, but is likely to be inherent in any program with the potential for system change in an environment characterized by multiple and conflicting goals, micro- and macro-level conflicts, and multiple stakeholders. Further, the implications of these findings are important not only for program evaluation but also for program implementation, system change, and theory. The authors find that there was the least difference of opinion among the criminal justice professionals on questions that asked whether the reform should be developed for less serious offenders. They conclude that any alternative sentencing efforts, such as the one they evaluated, are likely to obtain support by focusing on less serious offenders, thus leading to net-widening. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community resources; Indiana; Local criminal justice systems; Program evaluation; Sentencing/Sanctions; Treatment offender matching
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