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NCJ Number: 99270 Find in a Library
Title: Behavioral Scientists in Courts and Corrections
Author(s): J L Ziegenfuss
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 253
Sponsoring Agency: Van Nostrand Reinhold
New York, NY 10020
Sale Source: Van Nostrand Reinhold
135 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Linking law and behavioral science through orgaizational systems theory and practice, this book explores how behavioral science can contribute to the more effective functioning of the court and correctional systems.
Abstract: The book explains the five primary functions of behavioral scientists: assessment and diagnosis, treatment, education and training, research, and consultation. These functions are matched with the technical work of courts, including intake and detention, screening and diversion, plea bargaining, pretrial proceedings, competency, trials, testimony, and jury process and outcome. Behavioral science functions are also related to the court work of commitment, sentencing, punishment, parole and probation, and discretion. Various aspects of court organization and management are then examined as they may be impacted by the application of behavioral science functions. The five behavioral science functions are matched against the five subsystems of corrections organization: goals and values, technical, structural, psychosocial, and managerial. Case studies illustrate the practical applications. Samples of work opportunities for behavioral scientists in the court and correctional systems are provided, and suggestions for new work are offered. Approximately 500 bibliographic listings are provided along with a subject index.
Index Term(s): Correctional organization; Corrections management; Court management; Court structure; Organization development; Research uses in policymaking
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