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NCJ Number: 158210 Find in a Library
Title: Politics and Economics of Increased Correctional Discretion Over Time Served: A New York Case Study
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:307-324
Author(s): P Griset
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used interview data to examine the political, economic, and ideological forces that have allowed New York State legislators to cede to prison officials the decisionmaking authority over the duration of incarceration for many inmates.
Abstract: The author argues that lawmakers have expanded the scope of prison officials' administrative discretion by developing programs, based on the concept of time served, that delegate the authority to circumvent judicially imposed mandatory minimum sentences. Between 1987 and 1990, legislators managed prison growth by constructing new prisons and creating three early-release programs. Between 1990 and 1993, faced with budget deficits and rising prison populations, legislators expanded existing work release programs and instituted day reporting. As the sphere of administrative discretion was enlarged, the prison bureaucracy joined the parole bureaucracy in reducing time served in New York prisons. 21 notes and 46 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Criminology; New York; Probation or parole decisionmaking; Statistics; Time served
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