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NCJ Number: 184734 Find in a Library
Title: Some Alternative Strategies for Improving the Effectiveness of the English Prisons Ombudsman Scheme
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:August 2000  Pages:290-305
Author(s): Ralph Henham
Date Published: August 2000
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article analyzes the operation of the English Prisons Ombudsman program, discusses its current limitations, and examines alternative strategies for reform based on experiences in the United States.
Abstract: The analysis summarizes the origins and operation of the ombudsman program. The discussion argues that the impetus effectively provided to the future development of prisoners’ rights by the Human Rights Act 1998 will further exacerbate the limitations and ineffectiveness of the ombudsman program, threaten its legitimacy, and prevent the realization of its potential. The analysis also considers the lessons offered by the comprehensive statutory ombudsman program that Minnesota has operated since 1972. It also examines the strengths and weaknesses of the widely acclaimed and more radical approach of the Missouri Constituent Services office created in 1994 and suggests potential implications for the debate on reforming the English Prisons Ombudsman Scheme. Notes and 40 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections management; Inmate grievances; Ombudsmen; Services effectiveness; United Kingdom (UK); US/foreign comparisons
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