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NCJ Number: 35555 Find in a Library
Title: BUREAUCRACY PROBLEM AT DOJ (DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE)
Journal: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REVIEW  Volume:36  Issue:4  Dated:(JULY/AUGUST 1976)  Pages:429-439
Author(s): R J STILLMAN
Corporate Author: American Soc. for Public Admin
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: American Soc. for Public Admin
Washington, DC 20036
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE, BASED UPON THE AUTHOR'S EXPERIENCE AT DOJ, DISCUSSES SOME OF THE COMPLEXITIES OF MANAGING THE LARGEST SINGLE COMPONENT OF THE FEDERAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
Abstract: THESE REMARKS ARE PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS INTENDED TO RAISE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MANAGERIAL PROCESSES. IT IS ARGUED THAT THE FEDERAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS A HIGHLY INTERRELATED SYSTEM WHOSE COMPONENT PARTS PERFORM INDEPENDENTLY AND AUTONOMOUSLY OF EACH OTHER; FEDERAL POLICIES REGARDING THE DISPENSATION OF JUSTICE ARE DETERMINED BY HIGHLY DECENTRALIZED, FRAGMENTED UNITS WHICH ARE MORE ORIENTED TOWARDS PROGRAMMATIC DEMANDS FOR BUREAUCRATIC SURVIVAL AS OPPOSED TO SYSTEMWIDE GOALS OR NEEDS; AND AS MEASURED BY REAL OUTCOMES PRODUCED AS AGAINST THEIR STATED OBJECTIVES OR LEGISLATIVE MANDATES, MANY OF THE CURRENT JUSTICE PROGRAMS NOW OPERATING ARE NON-PRODUCTIVE, AND MAYBE EVEN PRODUCE POSITIVELY HARMFUL OR COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE EFFECTS ON SOCIETY AS A WHOLE. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NEEDS TO VIEW THE PROBLEMS OF FEDERAL JUSTICE AS POLICY/ MANAGEMENT/PLANNING ISSUES RATHER THAN THOSE IN NEED OF LEGAL-TECHNICAL REMEDIES AND TO CLARIFY THE INTERRELATED PURPOSES OF DOJ AGENCIES RATHER THAN OBSCURE THEIR REASONS FOR EXISTENCE. ALSO RECOMMENDED ARE THE BUILDING OF INPUT/OUTPUT INDICATORS, THE DISPLAYING OF MORE WILLINGNESS TO EXPERIMENT WITH THE 'INPUTS' INTO THE FEDERAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND THE SHIFTING OF INCENTIVES OF DOJ PROFESSAIONALS TOWARD LOOKING AT THE 'BIG PICTURE' OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND TOWARD ENGAGING IN A CONCERTED EFFORT AT PUTTING ITS PARTS TOGETHER. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Program coordination; Public administration; US Department of Justice
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