Correctional Decisions in Institutions
Decisions made in correctional institutions may be classed as program decisions (on program planning or resource allocation) or as individual decisions (affecting the placement of persons in differing institutions, custody levels, degrees of supervision, or treatment programs). As with correctional decisions in the community, these decisions are subject to a complexity of goals, alternatives, and information. Goals are diverse, and again they may be apparently conflicting—a criminal justice problem not unique to correctional management. Alternatives, too, are found to have a great variety of forms; moreover, they are subject to wide variation in both resources and imagination. Information demonstrably relevant to correctional objectives, as in other areas of criminal justice decision making, often is lacking, or evidence is conflicting, or questions of the reliability of potentially useful information must be weighed.
KeywordsCorrectional Decision Prior Record Offense Classification Arrest Record Maximum Sentence
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