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: 78470 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Classification
Corporate Author: American Correctional Assoc
United States of America
Editor(s): B H Olsson
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 84
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: For those developing and implementing classification systems for inmates, probationers, and parolees, these papers describe development techniques for such systems and the effectiveness of classification systems in Wisconsin, Florida, and Oregon. A proposed inmate classification system in Minnesota is also detailed.
Abstract: A psychologist discusses the management classification system introduced to facilitate administration at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Fla. He describes the institution, the classification system, and the results of its use after 1 and 2 years. After the first year, the assault rate was reduced significantly, and after 2 years, institutional violence had stayed at the reduced level. The classification system was based primarily on the Megargee Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory typology of offenders in conjunction with systematic ratings of inmate behavior and records. Oregon's system for determining custody classification and levels of supervision for inmates, parolees, probationers, and other State Corrections Division clients enrolled in a work release program is described by a correctional administrator. He explains how to use the matrix, which is based on a Criminal History Risk Score and Offense Severity Rating Score, and supports the belief that an explicit matrix system is a rational approach to correctional decisionmaking. He notes that adoption of clearly defined decisionmaking standards strengthens the position of corrections workers in their use of discretion and reduces management problems caused by clients' feelings of frustration. The Wisconsin classification system, applicable to the State's urban and farming areas, is described in another article. The system is designed to move clients to lower levels of supervision as their need for services is met. Its risk assessment scale has proved to be a valid predictor of future criminal activity. Another system described by research analysts is the proposed inmate classification system for adult offenders committed to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The system is based on specific principles ranked in order of importance beginning with public safety. This system permits the department to classify inmates into risk categories and assign them appropriate security levels. Data tables, references, or footnotes are included in most papers. For individual articles, see NCJ 74433 and NCJ 78471-73.
Index Term(s): Diagnostic and reception processing; Florida; Inmate classification; Minnesota; Oregon; Program evaluation; Psychological evaluation; Treatment offender matching; Wisconsin
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. American Correctional Association Monographs, series 1, number 4.
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.