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NCJ Number: 69896 Find in a Library
Title: Participatory Management - A Style for Managing Correctional Facilities
Journal: California Youth Authority Quarterly  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer/Fall 1980)  Pages:61-66
Author(s): M L Greer
Corporate Author: California Dept of the Youth Authority
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: California Dept of the Youth Authority
Sacramento, CA 95823
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A participative management system was developed at the California Youth Authority's O.H. Close School that provides for wards and staff to participate in the responsibility of managing living units.
Abstract: The basic assumption of the system (named 'An Integrative Correctional Management and Justice System: A Project in Participative Management in Youth Corrections') was that wards and staff would become better decisionmakers, would enhance their power to influence their environment, and would develop a sense of affiliation through participation in the control of their own destiny. The eight treatment teams were adminstered pretraining and posttraining questionnaires. Each team received 5 days of intense training including decisionmaking skills development, principles of problem solving, task group formation, principles of participative management, leadership development, team problem solving, and legal consultation and technical assistance regarding a viable ward grievance system. Individual team programs were trained on three occasions since 1973. All teams have shown overall satisfaction. Continued reemphasis of program goals and philosophy has been required to maintain the progam in a positive direction. The staff's initial fears about abdication and loss of control have not materialized. A smooth flow throughout the spectrum of decisionmaking has occurred. An appendix provides the study instrument.
Index Term(s): California; Correctional institutions (juvenile); Correctional reform; Participatory management
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