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NCJ Number: 67653 Find in a Library
Title: CORRECTIONS - A COMPUTER SIMULATION OF THE UTAH DIVISION OF CORRECTIONS
Author(s): L BENCH
Corporate Author: Utah Division of Corrections Research and Statistics
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 39
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Utah Council on Criminal Justice Admin
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Utah Division of Corrections Research and Statistics
Salt Lake City, UT 84110
Grant Number: S-78-F-3-1
Publication Number: 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: THE APPLICATION OF A COMPUTER SIMULATION TO DECISIONMAKING IN THE UTAH STATE DIVISION OF CORRECTIONS IS DESCRIBED.
Abstract: THE MODEL COMPUTER-AUTOMATED SOCIAL SIMULATION (CASS) IS DIRECT INTERACTION APL AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH UNIVAC 1108 COMPUTER. THE MODEL ALLOWS FOR A NUMBER OF SERVICES TO BE COMPARED IN THE AREAS OF IMPACT AND COST EFFECTIVENESS ACROSS A VARIETY OF MEASURES. IN THE ANALYSIS, THE DIMENSIONAL EFFECTS OF EACH DECISION OPTION BEGIN CONSIDERED ARE SUMMED. THIS PROVIDES THE DIRECT EFFECT OF EACH DECISION OPTION WITHOUT RESPECT TO PRIORITIES OR COST. THE PRIORITY-WEIGHTED EFFECTS OF EACH PROGRAM ARE CALCULATED BY MULTIPLYING THE EFFECTS OF EACH PROGRAM BY THE PRIORITY LEVEL OF EACH ASSOCIATED DIMENSION AND THE TOTAL SUMMED. COST EFFECTIVENESS OF A PARTICULAR PROGRAM IS DETERMINED BY DIVIDING THE SUM BY ITS COST. EACH PROGRAM OR DECISION OPTION IS RANKED WITH ALL OTHER OPTIONS BY EFFECTS AND COST EFFECTIVENESS. ADVANTAGES OF THE CASS MODEL ARE THAT THE SIMULATION CAN BE PROCESSED IN ONLY A FEW HOURS; NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF COMPUTERS OR COMPUTER PROGRAMMING IS REQUIRED; THE SIMULATION IS INEXPENSIVE TO OPERATE AND REPROGRAM; AND THE MODEL IS READILY ADAPTABLE TO CHANGE. LIMITATIONS OF THE MODEL AND THE PARAMETERS WITHIN WHICH SIMULATIONS MUST BE CONDUCTED ARE DISCUSSED. FORMS AND DATA USED IN THE SIMULATION ARE PROVIDED IN THE APPENDIXES.
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Computer aided operations; Correctional planning; Corrections management; Cost effectiveness analysis; Decisionmaking; Utah
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