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Title: Functional Unit Management in Missouri - Evaluation of an Innovative Prison Management Model - Final Report
Author(s): R J Scott; J Pasquale; J J Cosgrove
Corporate Author: University of Missouri, St Louis
United States of America

Missouri Division of Corrections
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 237
Sponsoring Agency: Missouri Council on Criminal Justice
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Missouri Division of Corrections
Jefferson City, MO 65101
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
University of Missouri, St Louis
St Louis, MO 63121
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 80-EF-Z1-MU04
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: Results are reported from an evalution of the effectiveness of 'functional unit management' in the Missouri Intermediate Reformatory.
Abstract: Functional unit management is a decentralized model that divides an institution into several autonomous units. The primary objectives of this strategy are to improve staff-resident communication, increase involvement of inmates and staff in decisionmaking, and improve the institutional climate. Since there was evidence of variations among units, a cross-sectional evaluation model was used; units were compared on relevant measures. Observational and survey data were collected, and official records were reviewed. Detailed observations over several months provided a thorough program description. Survey data included assessment of institutional climate by the Correctional Institution Environment Scale, self-concept by the Tennessee Self Concept Scale, perception of personal control by the Rotter Internal-External Scale, and attitudes toward the Reformatory by the Resident Attitude Questionnaire and Staff Attitude Questionnaire developed for this study. Interunit variations were noted in the degree of involvement and communication between staff and residents and in the operation of resident councils. Interpreted in terms of group theory, the findings suggest that the most effective units were those that best facilitated development of positive group norms and values. Specific recommendations for such procedures, for staff training in group techniques, and for resident motivation are offered. Evaluation instruments are appended, and tabular data and references are provided.
Index Term(s): Correctional organization; Corrections management; Evaluation; Inmate self-government; Inmate staff relations; Missouri; Program evaluation
Note: Correctional Evaluation Project
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