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Title: Computerized Screening System for Correctional Classification
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1979)  Pages:251-173
Author(s): R A Baker; G Stewart; S Kaiser; R Brown; J R Barclay
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Kentucky Crime Cmssn
Frankfort, KY 40601
Kentucky Dept of Justice
Frankfort, KY 40601
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 1612-037-175; 2431-152-3/76
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Between 1975 and 1978 Kentucky developed and implemented a multi-method, computerized screening system for classifying and assigning all felons entering the State's correctional institutions.
Abstract: The system consists of a 20-minute, structured caseworker interview and a series of questionnaires, checklists, and interest and ability tests requiring approximately 2 hours to complete. These data are optically scanned and computer processed; a detailed printout comparing each inmate with the total population of previously classifed inmates is provided. This case-history report covers 9 major classification categories and provides detailed information about inmates' backgrounds, interests, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses in 27 separate criminological, demographic, sociological, and psychological areas of correctional concern. The new system was implemented on a statewide basis in October 1977 and has provided objective information in retrievable format on all incoming felons in less time and at lower cost than before. Detailed classification data are now available on all inmates entering the system whereas in the past such information was available for only a limited number of inmates. Moreover, since the data are computerized, summary statistics and information can be assembled quickly and easily. The system is also useful for reclassification and parole review. If the test battery is readministered several months or years after inmates' initial classifications, comparison of old and new scores should reveal progress toward behavioral rehabilitation. Tabular material, a note, and 29 references are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations; Evaluation; Inmate classification; Kentucky; Psychological evaluation
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