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NCJ Number: 52118 Find in a Library
Title: TRANSLATING POLICY TO PROCEDURE - PARTICIPATORY MANAGEMENT IN CORRECTIONS
Journal: FEDERAL PROBATION  Volume:42  Issue:3  Dated:(SEPTEMBER 1978)  Pages:51-56
Author(s): E D BESHEARS
Corporate Author: Administrative Office of the United States Courts
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Administrative Office of the United States Courts
Washington, DC 20544
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Publisher: https://www.uscourts.gov 
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A PARTICIPATORY MANAGEMENT MODEL FOR CORRECTIONS IS PROPOSED, AND THE PARTICIPARTORY STRATEGY USED IN NORTH CAROLINA TO DEVELOP STANDARDIZED PROCEDURES FOR 11 DIAGNOSTIC CENTERS IS DESCRIBED.
Abstract: IN ADDITION TO COMPLYING WITH STATE LAW AND INTERPRETATIONS OF VARIOUS COURT RULINGS, THE DIAGNOSTIC CENTERS MUST COMPLY WITH THE POLICY AND PROCEDURES DEVELOPED IN THE CENTRAL OFFICES AND PASSED DOWN TO THEM IN THE FORM OF A GUIDEBOOK AND/OR MEMORANDA. THE SYSTEM OF PASSING PROCEDURE DOWN TO THE FIELD FROM A CENTRALIZED OFFICE HAD NOT BEEN SUFFICIENT TO CURB EVOLUTIONARY DIVERGENCES OF PROCEDURES IN SEPARATE DIAGNOSTIC CENTERS. IN AN EFFORT TO REMEDY THIS PATTERN, A PARTICIPATORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WAS DEVISED WHEREBY AFTER POLICY HAD BEEN DESIGNED BY THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL, THE DIRECTORS OF THE VARIOUS CENTERS WERE BROUGHT TOGETHER FOR ONE DAY CONFERENCES, OCCURRING AT ONE MONTH INTERVALS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. THE GOAL OF THESE MEETINGS WAS THREEFOLD: TO PROVIDE THE DIRECTORS AND CENTRAL STAFF WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND KNOW EACH OTHER; TO IDENTIFY AND DISCUSS COMMON PROBLEMS; AND TO ENABLE DIRECTORS TO DEVELOP AN IDENTITY AS A TEAM WITH COMMON GOALS. FOLLOWING THE INITIAL SERIES OF MEETINGS, A WORKSHOP WAS ORGANIZED WITH THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF PREPARING A PROCEDURES MANUAL CONTAINING CONSISTENT SYSTEMWIDE PROCEDURES FOR THE DIAGNOSTIC CENTERS. TASK FORCES WERE ORGANIZED TO DEVELOP PROCEDURES FOR IMPLEMENTING SPECIFIC POLICY STATEMENTS. TASK FORCE REPORTS WERE SUBMITTED TO ALL OTHER PARTICIPANTS AND THEN CIRCULATED AMONG A REVIEW COMMITTEE TO GET FEEDBACK ON THE TOTAL WORKSHOP PRODUCT. EACH PARTICIPANT LEFT THE WORKSHOP WITH A DRAFT OF THE PROCEDURES MANUAL, WHICH WAS SHARED WITH THE STAFF AT EACH CENTER. AFTER 4 WEEKS, THE DIRECTORS MET AGAIN FOR A ONE DAY SESSION TO REVIEW AND APPROVE THE MANUAL. AFTER THE PARTICIPANT'S FINAL APPROVAL, THE REVISED MANUAL WAS SUBMITTED TO THE TOP LEVEL ADMINISTRATORS FOR THEIR APPROVAL. THE MANUAL WAS APPROVED WITH ONLY MINOR CHANGES. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT OF PROCEDURES, ALTHOUGH COSTLY AND TIME CONSUMING, WILL LEAD TO MORE PRACTICAL, ACCEPTABLE PROCEDURES THAT WILL BE PURSUED BY DIRECTORS AS AN EXPRESSION OF THEIR OWN INPUT. SOME OF THE BENEFITS DERIVED FROM THIS PROCESS ARE LISTED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Corrections management; Decisionmaking; Diagnostic and reception processing; Models; North Carolina; Procedure manuals
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