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NCJ Number: 193281 Find in a Library
Title: Correctional Administration: Integrating Theory and Practice
Author(s): Richard P. Seiter
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 523
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall Publishing
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Publication Number: ISBN 0-13-087147-8
Sale Source: Prentice Hall Publishing
Criminal Justice and Police Training
1 Lake Street
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This textbook provides information on the functions of correctional administrators and the issues that impact administrators as they create new approaches to deal with new challenges.
Abstract: The textbook is divided into five sections. Part 1 Correctional Management and Administration, includes a review of how management differs from leadership and how future issues will demand that leaders change traditional styles of leadership. The section includes a discussion on how administrators can use planning exercises to help their organizations identify future challenges and appropriate responses. Part 2 Managing Offenders, describes the history of various correctional goals that influenced the creation of correctional administration. The goal of corrections seems confusing because administrators must balance the need to punish, deter, and rehabilitate. Important elements that help administrators categorize criminals include risk assessment and offender classification. Part 3 Managing the Environment--The Prison Setting, examines the organization and activities critical for developing a safe and secure prison environment. Prisons are highly complex organizations, with multifaceted missions and a number of client groups. The correctional administrator must understand the tools available to manage this population to protect staff and inmates. In Part 4 Managing the Correctional Staff, the functions of human resource management within the correctional agencies, including how agencies recruit, hire, train, and develop staff, are reviewed. A key component in using human resources in a correctional environment is supervision, which involves how work is assigned and evaluated. This section also provides a description of the jobs available to those who choose correctional careers. Finally, Part 5 looks at the issues that will confront correctional administrators during the next decade. Various approaches to fiscal administration are considered and there is a review of the private sector contracting for delivery of correctional services. The text was written with several goals, the most important was to give individuals considering corrections a realistic assessment of corrections as a career option.
Main Term(s): Correctional facilities; Correctional Officers; Correctional staff management; Corrections management; Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Correctional facilities; Correctional planning; Correctional staff management; Corrections management; Inmate staff relations; Personnel administration; Personnel evaluation; Privatization in corrections; Rehabilitation
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