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Document 027014
Performance Measures Committee/PBMS: Library
Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) (Hagerstown, MD).
“The Performance Measures Committee uses a Performance Based Measures System (PBMS) to define correctional standards in keeping with contemporary practice; to delineate measures of performance for each standard; to establish key indicators for each measure; to institute counting rules for each indicator; to store the measures on a web database; to produce reports of correctional performance; and to conduct appropriate comparisons of performance across jurisdictions.” Access is provided to essent... Read More
Document 026649
What Propels Sexual Homicide Offenders? Testing an Integrated Theory of Social Learning and Routine Activities Theories
By Chan, Heng Choon. University of South Florida. Scholar Commons (Tampa, FL).
'Sexual homicide is a rare occurrence. Little is known about the offending perspective of sexual homicide from a criminological standpoint ' According to [an] integrative model, the individual-level view of the sexual murderers is explained by the social learning principles, while the offending process is complemented by the routine activities propositions from a micro-level to provide a better explained sexual homicide offending model. However, this model has yet to be tested empirically. In ad... Read More
201 pages
Document 026672
Report on the Activities of the Institutional Corrections Research Network, 2007-2009
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) (Middletown, MD).
The National Institute of Corrections 'has incorporated outcome measures and performance standards into the work that they do across the country to determine if those activities were having an impact and benefiting the field ' One of the primary means by which NIC approached this work was through the development of the Institutional Corrections Research Network (ICRN) ' a group of correctional administrators and corrections researchers that meets annually to discuss research in the field of corr... Read More
46 pages
Document 019033
Prisoner Intake Systems: Assessing Needs and Classifying Prisoners
By Hardyman, Patricia L.; Austin, James; Peyton, Johnette. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). George Washington University. Institute on Crime, Justice, and Corrections (Washington, DC); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Tasks, assessments, and technology used in prisoner intake systems are examined. Following an executive summary, this report has seven chapters: introduction; national overview of facility characteristics, facility functions, intake components and personnel responsibilities, and obstacles to intake assessments; four chapters review select agency's corrections population, intake facilities, intake process, processing time and flexibility, classification, and needs assessment -- one chapter per De... Read More
80 p.
Document 021816
Classification of Women Offenders: Gender-Responsive Approach to Risk/Needs Assessment
By Van Voorhis, Patricia. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Cincinnati. Center for Criminal Justice Research (Cincinnati, OH).
An overview of the work done by collaborative partnerships to design and validate gender-responsive risk and needs assessments for female offenders is provided. This article discusses issues surrounding female offender classification and the current National Institute of Corrections (NIC) study regarding gender-responsive approaches to risk and needs assessment.... Read More
8 p.
Document 013243
Risk Classification in the 1990s
By Van Voorhis, Patricia; Brown, Kelly. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). University of Cincinnati. Division of Criminal Justice (Cincinnati, OH).
This monograph reviews several models for risk classification and describes the current state of offender risk classification, as well as furnishing a consumer's guide to risk assessment. The authors present options, review issues, promote the proper use of available technology, and identify potential misuse of risk assessments.... Read More
60 p.
Document 012350
Survey Report on Internal Offender Classification System
By Austin, James; Chan, Luiza. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Council on Crime and Delinquency (San Francisco, CA).
The report presents the results of a survey on internal offender classification systems across the United States. The report discusses survey methods and prevalence of these systems. It then briefly describes the offender classification systems in various states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The survey also solicited agency interest in participating as an internal classification test site. A table detailing each state's response to the survey questions is included.... Read More
10 p.
Document 011994
Understanding Why Inmates Are Misclassified: The Use of Qualitative Methods in Evaluating Objective Prison Classification
By Alexander, Jack; Austin, James. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Council on Crime and Delinquency (San Francisco, CA).
This study of classification systems has two purposes. The first is to test new methods for evaluating objective prison classification systems by using qualitative research methods. The second is to examine why inmates often do not behave as expected according to their classification level. By looking at two prison systems, this report provides the process evaluation results of their classification systems and explains the factors that influence inmate behaviors.... Read More
63 p.
Document 011984
Indiana Department of Corrections Women Classification Study
By Austin, James; Chan, Luiza; Elms, William. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Council on Crime and Delinquency (San Francisco, CA).
This study evaluates the effect of the current Indiana Department of Corrections classification system on female inmates, with special emphasis on possible over-classification. It also assesses the specific needs and difficulties that female inmates experience during incarceration. Data presented compare male and female inmate classifications and examine female inmates' demographics, abuse history, children, and prison visitation. From this data, the report provides recommendations for adjusting... Read More
46 p.
Document 010675
Handbook for Evaluating Objective Prison Classification Systems
By Alexander, Jack; Austin, James. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Council on Crime and Delinquency (San Francisco, CA).
Developed to provide correctional professional with a tool for more effectively and efficiently managing their departments, this document presents a critical review of issues relevant to the evaluation of correctional classification systems. Topics covered include: standards for conducting classification evaluations, impact evaluation and validation goals, evaluation questions, designs, and methods; and sampling and data collection techniques.... Read More
98 p.
Document 007804
Behavioral Classification for Female Offenders: Research Report
By Quay, Herbert C.; Love, Craig T.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). South Carolina Dept. of Corrections. Division of Classification (Columbia, SC).
Five patterns of behavior in institutionalized female offenders that are similar to patterns in male offenders are identified. These behavior patterns are aggressive, manipulative, dependent, inadequate, and depressed/anxious. They can be utilized to classify female offenders into behaviorally homogenous subgroups. (p.iv).... Read More
35 p.
Document 002785
Offender Needs Assessment: Models and Approaches
By Clements, Carl B.; McKee, John M.; Jones, Susan E.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Rehabilitation Research Foundation (University, AL); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
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