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NCJ Number: 49217 Find in a Library
Title: DANGEROUS MEN - A SOCIOLOGY OF PAROLE
Author(s): R D MCCLEARY
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 221
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DATA IS PRESENTED TO SHOW THAT PAROLE OUTCOMES ARE ORGANIZATIONAL OUTCOMES THAT CAN BE EXPLAINED AND PREDICTED FROM A KNOWLEDGE OF THE ANTECEDENT STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES OF PAROLE BUREAUCRACY.
Abstract: LARGE METROPOLITAN PAROLE AGENCY OF A STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (DC) WAS SELECTED FOR THIS STUDY. THE FIRST PHASE OF THE STUDY, LASTING APPROXIMATELY 6 MONTHS, CONSISTED LARGELY OF INTERVIEWING PAROLE OFFICERS (PO) SUPERVISORS, AND DC OFFICIALS IN THEIR OFFICES. THE SECOND PHASE OF THE DATA COLLECTION INVOLVED OBSERVATION OF THE POS IN THE FIELD FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS. THE THIRD PHASE OF THE STUDY, LASTING ABOUT A YEAR, INVOLVED TESTING THE THEORY OF ORGANIZATIONAL PROCESSES DEVELOPED FROM THE FIRST TWO PHASES BY A FOLLOWUP OF SPECIFIC CASES. THE BUREAUCRATIC DYNAMIC OF THE PAROLE OPERATION IS DEFINED IN TERM OF EACH TEAM OF BRANCH OFFICES, AS WELL AS THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION, ACTING TO FURTHER ITS OWN INTERESTS; AS THE INTERESTS ARE MET A STATUS QUO IS FORMED, AND THE BUREAUCRACY FAVORS THOSE PAROLE OUTCOMES WHICH LEAVE THE STATUS QUO UNAFFECTED. IT IS ARGUED THAT PAROLEE TYPES ARE DEFINED BY POS IN TERMS OF THEIR PERCEIVED POTENTIAL FOR DISRUPTING THE BUREAUCRATIC STATUS QUO. CLIENT RECORDS ARE USED BY THE POS TO AVOID TROUBLE OR MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO IN THE BUREAUCRACY. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT PAROLE OUTCOME IS PRIMARILY DETERMINED BOTH BY THE LABELING OF PAROLEES AND DEVELOPMENT OF RECORDS TO CONFIRM THE LABEL AND MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO IN THE BUREAUCRATIC OPERATIONS. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE BUREAUCRATIC DYNAMIC IN BOTH THE BRANCH OFFICES AND THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION IS TO ARRIVE AT AN OPERATING PROCEDURE THAT MAINTAINS AN EASY WORKLOAD AND A VISIBLE LEVEL OF EFFECTIVENESS. THE SUCCESS OF INDIVIDUAL PAROLEES IS NOT SO IMPORTANT AS MAINTAINING OR ADVANCING TOWARD A COMFORTABLE NICHE IN THE BUREAUCRATIC OPERATION. EXAMPLES OF THIS ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMIC AND ITS EFFECTS ARE PROVIDED. A BIBLIOGRAPHY IS INCLUDED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Case studies; Organization studies; Probation or parole services
Note: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY - DISSERTATION
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