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Classification of Women Offenders: A National Assessment of Current Practices and the Experiences of Three States

Accession Number: 
017502
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The development of improved strategies for classifying female offenders is addressed. Sections of this report include:

  • Issues in classifying women offenders -- the literature review;
  • National assessment of current female offender classification practices;
  • Focus groups with corrections professionals and women offenders;
  • Directions for technical assistance (TA);
  • TA -- Hawaii Department of Public Safety;
  • TA -- Nebraska Department of Correctional Services;
  • TA -- Colorado Department of Corrections;
  • And lessons learned -- female offenders can be classified using instruments currently utilized with some adjustments, measures of offender needs offer substantial contributions to the validity of a custody classification system, precise definitions and accurate measurement are important considerations, the cooperative agreement reduced over-classification but did not nullify it, and over-classification is not only found in the classification system.

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Publication Year: 
2001
Length: 
55 p.
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Sponsor(s): 
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC)