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NCJ Number: 98267 Find in a Library
Title: Assessment of Affirmative Action in Criminal Justice Agencies An Executive Summary
Author(s): J A Conley; C Dunning; W Feyerherm; E Hochstedler; C E Pope; J Sprowls
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 27
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Summaries are presented of three studies of affirmative action (AA) case law, policies and procedures, and attitudes within the criminal justice system.
Abstract: The first study reviews court decisions affecting employment in the criminal justice system. The review's major finding is that cases involving discrimination in police recruitment, selection, and promotion policies and procedures predominate, and that the trend of decisions has been to increasingly place the burden of proof of nondiscrimination upon the defendant-agency. The second study examined factors that played a role in advancing or impeding AA goals. Analysis of data from 19 agencies indicates that four major factors influencing AA program success, were attitudes among tha administrative leadership and the presence/absence of a hiring quota. The final study investigated general and criminal-justice-specific AA attitudes among correctional and law enforcement employees. The findings show a correlation between general and specific attitudes, and between demographic variables (particularly race, sex, and education) and attitudes. A negative relationship was found between agency success in meeting AA goals and hiring quotas and general job satisfaction and satisfaction with communications and the promotional system.
Index Term(s): Affirmative action programs; Correctional personnel attitudes; Corrections agencies; Criminal justice research; Discrimination; Equal opportunity employment; Judicial decisions; Performance requirements; Police attitudes; Police policies and procedures; Sex discrimination; Work attitudes
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