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NCJ Number: 65061 Find in a Library
Title: FUTURE RESEARCH IN THE NSW (NEW SOUTH WALES) PRISON SYSTEM (FROM STATE DIRECTION AND FUTURE OF CORRECTIONS, PART 1, 1979 - SEE NCJ-65060)
Author(s): A J SUTTON
Corporate Author: Institute of Criminology
Sydney University Law School
Australia
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Institute of Criminology
Sydney, 2000, Australia
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: ASPECTS OF THE NEW SOUTH WALES CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT'S (AUSTRALIA) OPERATIONS NEEDING RESEARCH ARE IDENTIFIED, AND A GENERAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IS SUGGESTED.
Abstract: THE CENTRAL ROLES OF THE PRISON SUPERINTENDENT AND THE PRISON OFFICERS SHOULD BE DETERMINED BY A STUDY OF THEIR TASKS, PROBLEMS WHICH THEY FACE, CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, AND APPROPRIATE ROLE EXPECTATIONS. THE EFFECTIVE CLASSIFICATION OF INMATES REQUIRES RESEARCH INTO THE RANGE OF INMATE PROGRAMS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE, THE TYPES OF INMATES FOR WHICH THEY ARE MOST SUITED, AND THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS FOR OBTAINING INMATE DATA NECESSARY FOR SECURITY AND PROGRAM ASSIGNMENTS. EVALUATION SCHEMES SHOULD BE DEVELOPED FOR MEASURING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PRERELEASE AND WORK-RELEASE PROGRAMS. THE PAROLE BOARD SHOULD BE SUPPLIED WITH THE RESULTS OF A SYSTEMATIC STUDY OF THE INFORMATION USED TO MAKE DECISIONS AND THE OUTCOME OF THE DECISIONS. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL EFFECTS OF INMATE EDUCATIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROGRAMS SHOULD ALSO BE EXAMINED, ALONG WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUCH PROGRAMS. INFORMATION AND RESEARCH SUPPORT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY AGENCIES WORKING IN THE AREA OF AFTER-CARE. ALTERNATIVES TO INSTITUTIONALIZATION, NOTABLY PROBATION AND PAROLE, SHOULD ALSO BE EXAMINED IN TERMS OF THEIR EFFECTIVENESS AND INTERACTION WITH OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. WHERE POSSIBLE, EVALUATION PROJECTS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED WITHIN AN EXPERIMENTAL FRAMEWORK. WHATEVER PARTICULAR RESEARCH METHOD IS USED, IT MUST BE BASED ON OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH JUSTICE SYSTEM PERSONNEL, THE COLLECTION OF ADEQUATE RECORDS, AND THE WILLINGNESS OF SYSTEM PERSONNEL TO REVIEW THEIR TASKS AND PROCEDURES. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Australia; Correctional personnel; Correctional reform; Post-release programs; Probation or parole decisionmaking; Research and development; Research methods
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