skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 69388 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: EVALUATION OF AREA BOARD CLASSIFICATION AT THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION - INTERIM REPORT 2 - CORRELATES OF CLASSIFICATION - RECOMMENDATIONS AND DECISIONS
Author(s): E CHAYET; P JONES
Corporate Author: Massachusetts Dept of Correction
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 70
Sponsoring Agency: Massachusetts Dept of Correction
Milford, MA 01757 -369
National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Grant Number: AZ-5
Publication Number: 11771-70-200-2-27-CR
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ANALYSIS OF 590 SAMPLE CASES SHOWED THAT CLASSIFICATION OFICIALS EMPHASIZE SECURITY RISK AND FACILITY MANAGEMENT WHEN DECIDING UPON INTERINSTITUTIONAL TRANSFERS WITH THE INDIVIDUAL'S PROGRAM NEEDS A SECONDARY CONSIDERATION.
Abstract: IN MASSACHUSETTS AREA BOARDS OF ALL CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES IN A REGION MUST PASS ON ALL TRANSFERS OF OFFENDERS AMONG INSTITUTIONS. MORE THAN 150 DISCRETE VARIABLES THAT MIGHT ENTER INTO SUCH A DECISION WERE ANALYZED IN A 50 PERCENT RANDOM SAMPLE DRAWN FROM ALL CASES THAT APPEARED BEFORE AN AREA BOARD BETWEEN JULY 1977 AND JANUARY 1978. PROFILES FOUND THAT MEN RECOMMENDED FOR LOWER SECURITY WERE APT TO HAVE ADJUSTED MORE FULLY TO INCARCERATION, DISPLAYING (IN THE BOARD'S OPINION) BETTER ATTITUDES AND GREATER MOTIVATION. THESE MEN ALSO TENDED TO BE FURTHER FROM PAROLE ELIGIBILITY AND TO HAVE MORE EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY LINKAGES. THE CONVERSE WAS FOUND FOR MENEITHER DENIED TRANSFER TO A LOWER-SECURITY INSTITUTION OR RECOMMENDED FOR HIGHERSECURITY PLACEMENT. BECAUSE AREA BOARDS DO NOT RECORD THEIR RATIONALE FOR EACH DECISION, THE REASONS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE DENIALS CANNOT BE STATED WITH CERTAINTY. RATIONALES USUALLY ACCOMPANY ONLY APPROVALS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT A RATIONALE BECOME PART OF THE INMATE'SRECORD REGARDLESS OF BOARD ACTION AND THAT THESE RATIONALES BE CONSIDERED DURING THE CLASSIFICATION REVIEW BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS CENTRAL OFFICE. AREA BOARDS ARE ALSO URGED TO GIVE MORE WEIGHT TO PROGRAM NEEDS IN MAKING DECISIONS. STUDY STATISTICS ARE PRESENTED IN BOTH TABULAR AND NARRATIVE FORM. APPENDIXES INCLUDE RESEARCH VARIABLES, APPROVAL RATES, AND AN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Massachusetts; Program evaluation
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=69388

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.