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Title: Probation Under Fiscal Constraints
Author(s): E K Nelson; L Segal; N Harlow
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America

University of Southern California
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 101
Sponsoring Agency: Abt Associates, Inc
Cambridge, MA 02138
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: J-LEAA-013-78
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS Publication Sales
Box 6000 Department F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An analysis of coping strategies that probation agencies have used successfully to deal with increasingly tight budgetary constraints considers the production and use of resources, the budget as an economizing instrument, and the use of networking as a managerial strategy.
Abstract: Information came from a literature review, from a mail and telephone survey of 21 city or county probation agencies and 27 State departments or local branches, and an intensive study of 9 sites. Two groups of coping strategies were found: internal strategies, which focused mainly on the internal workings of an organization, and external strategies, which involved networking and support-building in the larger communities. Among the internal strategies were organizational redesign, costs and performance measurements, and human resource development. External strategies included mobilization of community resources, improvement of working relationships with the criminal justice system, and public education. Three effective systems are described in detail: the Missouri Division of Probation and Parole, the Contra Costa County Probation Department (California), and the Philadelphia Adult Probation Department. Footnotes, charts, annotated list of 60 references.
Main Term(s): Organization development
Index Term(s): California; Change management; Community support; Correctional staff management; Cutback management; Financial management; Interagency cooperation; Intergovernmental relations; Missouri; Pennsylvania; Probation
Note: Issues and Practices in Criminal Justice
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