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NCJ Number: 50398 Find in a Library
Title: PROCESSING THE OFFENDER
Journal: TEXAS JOURNAL OF CORRECTIONS  Volume:4  Issue:15  Dated:(JULY/AUGUST 1978)  Pages:13-16
Author(s): W J ESTELLE
Corporate Author: Texas Corrections Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Texas Corrections Assoc
Austin, TX 78741
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (TDC) ADDRESSES THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE TEXAS CORRECTIONS ASSOCIATION CONCERNING ANTICIPATED CHANGES IN CORRECTIONS AND OFFERS RECOMMENDATIONS.
Abstract: A PERIOD OF TRANSITION IN THE AREAS OF RACE RELATIONS, PREJUDICE, AND DISCRIMINATION WILL BE EXPERIENCED BY THOSE WHO PROCESS OFFENDERS. THE EXTENDED USE OF DATA PROCESSING WILL IMPROVE THE CLIENT/WORKER RELATIONSHIP BY FREEING THE WORKER TO SPEND MORE TIME DEVELOPING A PERSONAL RAPPORT. THE DISPARITY BETWEEN REPORTED CRIMES AND CONVICTIONS, INDICATED BY RECENT STATISTICS, IS A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH AT THE POINT OF ARREST. IT IS THEREFORE ESSENTIAL FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO BE WELL TRAINED AND WELL QUALIFIED. LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS INVOLVING THE PROCESSING OF OFFENDERS SHOULD BE COORDINATED IN ORDER TO PRODUCE AN EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT OPERATION WITHIN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. THE CRIMINAL JURISPRUDENCE COMMITTEE IN THE TEXAS SENATE SHOULD OVERSEE THE TOTAL ADULT CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM SO AS TO INSURE THAT THE PROCESSING OF OFFENDERS IS UNDERSTOOD. IT WILL THEN BE POSSIBLE TO DEVELOP COMPREHENSIVE PLANS FOR ADEQUATE AND SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF OFFENDERS. CORRECTIONS PERSONNEL MUST BE KNOWLEDGEABLE SO THAT THEY CAN RESPOND TO PUBLIC CRITICISM WITH ACCURATE INFORMATION AND FACTS, RATHER THAN EXHIBITING A DEFENSIVE ATTITUDE RESULTING FROM INCOMPETENCY. (JCP.)
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations; Future trends; Judicial process; Offender classification; Right to Due Process; Texas
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