skip navigation


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: 76867 Find in a Library
Title: Inmate Attitudes Toward Temporary Release Selection
Author(s): R W Parsons; C Falbe
Corporate Author: Vera Institute of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New York State Dept of Correctional Services
Albany, NY 12226
Vera Institute of Justice
New York, NY 10279
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: Results and implication are reported from a survey of inmate attitudes toward a new temporary release selection method developed for the New York State Department of Correctional Services.
Abstract: The new selection process for temporary release was designed to remedy some of the problems of the old selection procedures, a system that relied on the judgment of a three-person committee in each correctional facility. Few explicit criteria aided the committees in their selections, such that inmates had no clear understanding of how to gain entry into the program. The new selection procedure involves the use of a point system consisting of 10 items, 6 based on the applicant's prior criminal history and the remaining 4 relating to behavior in the facility. The new selection process was implemented on a trial basis in four different types of facilities. To measure inmate attitudes toward the new procedure, structured self-administered questionnaires were given to 126 inmates in the pilot facilities. In addition to the questionnaires, 38 inmates participated in half-hour interviews. Results showed that inmates appeared to understand the concept of the point system, usually well enough to determine their scores unaided. Attitudes toward the system were largely determined by the respondent's score range and whether the respondent's application for temporary release had been approved or denied. Knowledge of the criteria of the selection process and the opportunity to appear before the committee generally influenced inmate approval of the system. It is clear that no matter how much the selection process is designed, modified, or explained to inmates, any system which denies inmates temporary release will be viewed with some hostility. Data and discussion on the multivariate analysis of attitudes are appended, along with questionnaire responses. Tabular data and footnotes are provided.
Index Term(s): Decisionmaking; Discretionary decisions; Furloughs; Inmate attitudes; New York; Surveys
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*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.