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NCJ Number: 77123 Find in a Library
Title: Dynamics of Corrections Administration - A Casebook in Corrections
Author(s): J O Truitt; D D Brewer
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 76
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
Publicity Director
2035 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text provides students and instructors of correctional administration with 25 problem solving exercises designed to give practice in applying textbook theories and concepts to practical situations in correctional administration.
Abstract: The 25 case problems are based on actual incidents, although the names of the institutions have been fictionalized. Each problem is open to a number of possible solutions, any one of which may be valid. Students should assume the role of correctional administrators and explore all options before choosing a specific course of action. The manual describes a six-step problem solving process in which students identify the objectives, identify the problem, collect and analyze data, identify alternatives, choose an alternative, and implement and evaluate the chosen course of action. The cases' general subject areas include administration, control and treatment, personnel administration, and developmental planning. A case involving a State adult system is designed to produce awareness that increases in staff or salary structure are not sufficient to assure good morale and retention among personnel and that broader aspects of staff development policies need attention. A case involving a county adult correctional system focuses on the identification of the essential subject areas that must be included in written regulations. Other cases cover budget preparation, policies and regulations, project evaluation, personnel policies, training programs, job analysis for security personnel, and revision of treatment programs. Still others focus on use of volunteers, improving the visiting area security to stop the flow of contraband, personnel selection, investigation of incident reports, and planning. For each case, background information, description of the immediate problem, and a list of questions to be answered are provided. Figures, tables, and a bibliography listing 52 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Case studies; Correctional planning; Corrections management; Corrections management training; Course materials; Decisionmaking
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