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NCJ Number: 64271 Find in a Library
Title: CORRECTIONS - A COMPUTER SIMULATION OF THE UTAH DIVISION OF CORRECTIONS
Author(s): L BENCH
Corporate Author: Utah Dept of Corrections
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Utah Council on Criminal Justice Admin
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Utah Dept of Corrections
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Grant Number: S-78-F-3-1
Publication Number: REPORT N 4
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A COMPUTER SIMULATION PROGRAM DESIGNED TO FACILITATE DECISIONMAKING WITHIN THE UTAH DIVISION OF CORRECTIONS IS DESCRIBED.
Abstract: THE SIMULATED CORRECTIONS PROGRAM IS INTENDED TO SERVE PLANNING, PREDICTION, EDUCATION, AND SOCIAL UTILITY PURPOSES FOR THE DIVISION'S THREE COMPONENTS (UTAH STATE PRISON, COMMUNITY CORRECTION CENTERS, AND ADULT PROBATION AND PAROLE). DIVISION-SUPPLIED DATA HAVE BEEN ADAPTED TO THE STRUCTURE OF THE COMPUTER-AUTOMATED SOCIAL SIMULATION (CASS) MODEL. DECISION ELEMENTS OF THE CASS INCLUDE (1) DECISION OPTIONS THAT REFER TO ALTERNATIVE IMPLEMENTATION CHOICES; (2) CATEGORIES OF EFFECTS REPRESENTING INDEXES OF SPECIFIC INTERRELATIONSHIPS ASSOCIATED WITH EACH DECISION OPTION; (3) DIMENSIONS OF ANALYSIS OR GROUPINGS OF CATEGORIES INVOLVING UP TO 12 EFFECTS PER CATEGORY; (4) PRIORITIES INDICATING THE COMPARATIVE IMPORTANCE OF EFFECT CATEGORIES AND ANALYSIS DIMENSIONS; AND (5) COSTS OF RESOURCE INVESTMENTS FOR EACH DECISION OPTION. THE SIMULATION PROGRAM CAN BE MODIFIED BY SELECTING AVAILABLE DECISION OPTIONS THAT MAXIMIZE DESIRED EFFECTS RELATIVE TO PRIORITIES AND/OR COSTS. THE UTILITY OF COMPUTER MODELS IS EXAMINED FROM A THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE, AND POTENTIAL LIMITATIONS OF COMPUTER SIMULATIONS ARE NOTED. A DECISION MATRIX IS INCLUDED. APPENDIXES CONTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON DECISION OPTIONS USED IN THE DIVISION OF CORRECTIONS SIMULATION PROGRAM AND SAMPLE COMPUTER RUNS. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Computer simulation; Decisionmaking; State correctional facilities; Utah
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