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NCJ Number: 210538 Find in a Library
Title: What Works in Offender Management?
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:44  Issue:3  Dated:July 2005  Pages:307-318
Author(s): Gwen Robinson
Date Published: July 2005
Page Count: 12
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article analyzes the emergence and pervasiveness of a fragmented offender management style in the United Kingdom.
Abstract: During the past decade, offender management in prisons throughout the United Kingdom has changed from offering a high degree of continuity to offenders to offering a fragmented management style in which offenders encounter a variety of staff during their supervision. This increasing trend toward a “pass-the-parcel” style of offender management is analyzed by the author, who contends that this fragmented management style grew out of the recent tendency to view and treat offenders differently based on their risk profiles. While viewing individual offenders within risk categories may work well at the abstract level of aggregate offender management, the author challenges that it does not necessarily work well for individual offenders or the staff who work with them. Indeed, a fragmented offender management approach may actually pose an increased risk to correctional staff in terms of job morale and satisfaction and recent research has suggested that the quality and consistency of the relationships between offenders and their supervisors is central to effective correctional practice and may even decrease recidivism rates. The author urges the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) in the United Kingdom to infuse greater consistency in offender management in order to maximize the benefits of the correctional system. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Foreign correctional systems; Policy analysis
Index Term(s): Case management; Corrections management; Criminal justice ideologies; United Kingdom (UK)
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