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NCJ Number: 91977 Find in a Library
Title: Computers in Criminal Justice - An Introduction to Small Computers
Author(s): J A Waldron; C A Sutton; T F Buss
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 97
Sponsoring Agency: Pilgrimage Press
Jonesboro, TN 37659
Sale Source: Pilgrimage Press
Route 11
Box 553
Jonesboro, TN 37659
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The text introduces small (personal) computers to criminal justice personnel who may not realize the advantages of using them in daily agency operations.
Abstract: Following a brief history of the development of computers, the text explains how a computer works by comparing it to a hand-held calculator. It discusses computer languages and the mechanics of getting the computer to perform the desired functions. The reader is introduced to computer programs through a discussion of software (what it is and can do, problems of software development), including the major types of software and the possibilities for development of specialized software that can be used for client assessment and interviewing. One chapter presents a needs assessment chart, accompanied by a discussion of associated hardware needs and approximate costs for major acquisitions, including computers, disk drives, and printers. The final chapter explains how to justify one's need for a computer to the administrative hierarchy. In addition, consideration is given to funding sources for the computer, as well as professional issues such as client confidentiality, computer and data security, and potential problems with staff acceptance. Terms, questions, and a list of resources accompany each chapter. A glossary/index and a facsimile of a social history report are supplied.
Index Term(s): Computer generated reports; Computer hardware systems; Computer languages; Computer software; Computers; Criminal justice agencies
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