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NCJ Number: 51740 Find in a Library
Title: OBSCIS (OFFENDER-BASED STATE CORRECTIONS INFORMATION SYSTEM) COMPENDIUM - PROCEEDINGS FROM THE OBSCIS SEMINAR
Corporate Author: SEARCH Group Inc.
United States of America
Editor(s): A H LAMMERS
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 234
Sponsoring Agency: National Criminal Justice Information & Statistics Service
Washington, DC 20531
SEARCH Group Inc.
Sacramento, CA 95831
Grant Number: 76-SS-99-6048
Sale Source: SEARCH Group Inc.
7311 Greenhaven Drive
Suite 145
Sacramento, CA 95831
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PAPERS DISCUSS THE OBSCIS APPROACH, ITS APPLICATIONS AND IMPLEMENTATION, AND USE OF OBSCIS OUTPUT AND STATISTICS. PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED IN USING OBSCIS ARE EXAMINED AS WELL AS VARIOUS CORRECTIONS INFORMATION PROGRAMS.
Abstract: REPRESENTATIVES OF CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENTS FROM VARIOUS STATES REPORT ON THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH THE OBSCIS (OFFENDER-BASED STATE CORRECTIONS INFORMATION SYSTEM) AND PRESENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USING COMPUTER-GENERATED DATA FOR ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONMAKING AND CORRECTIONS PLANNING. INFORMATION IS PROVIDED ON WAYS TO AVOID COMMON PROBLEMS IN OBSCIS DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION. MANY REPRESENTATIVES REPORTED DIFFICULTIES WITH OBSCIS DUE TO INSUFFICIENT PLANNING, INADEQUATE AND UNTRAINED STAFF, AND VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONAL COMPLICATIONS. ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS AND THE USE OF MINICOMPUTERS ARE EXAMINED. A BASIC OBSCIS IS DEFINED AND PROJECTION METHODOLOGIES ARE OUTLINED. A PAPER ALSO PRESENTS A WORKSHOP OUTLINE ON INITIATING A BASIC OBSCIS APPROACH. REPRESENTATIVES FROM TWO STATES EXAMINE APPROACHES TO STATISTICS USE, AND A CANADIAN REPRESENTATIVE DISCUSSES A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE TO CORRECTIONS INFORMATION SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT. THE FINAL SECTION CONTAINS PAPERS CONCERNED WITH THE NATIONAL INTEREST IN CORRECTIONS INFORMATION AND DISCUSSES INFORMATION PROGRAMS IN OPERATION. THESE INCLUDE THE UNIFORM CRIME REPORTING PROGRAM, THE UNIFORM PAROLE REPORTS, THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT IN THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM, AND THE NATIONAL PRISONER STATISTICS PROGRAM.
Index Term(s): Canada; Correctional information systems; Correctional institutions (adult); Correctional planning; Corrections management; Corrections statistics; Cost analysis; FBI Uniform Crime Reports; Federal correctional facilities; Information Systems and Technology; Offender statistics; Science and Technology; State correctional facilities; Statistics; Uniform parole reports; United States of America
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