ERIC Number: ED160762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Contracting for Correctional Services in the Community. Volume I: Summary.
Kassebaum, Gene; And Others
To describe and analyze the use of private organizations for supervision, training, or assistance of persons referred from criminal justice agencies was the purpose of this study. Procedures were divided into three parts: a review of relevant existing published data and, to the extent possible, ongoing studies; a survey of a national sample of private organizations providing corrections-related direct client services; and on-site field investigations of programs in several different urban settings. The major findings include the following: (1) laws authorizing community supervision of convicted persons and contracting with private organizations for correctional services have provided the states in the study with broad authority necessary for these programs; (2) there is a major shortage of information about referrals of defendants and convicted persons to community based programs; (3) there are organizations specializing in services to persons released from prison, persons referred by criminal court for narcotics addiction treatment, or other services to public offenders; however, a major proportion of direct client services to persons convicted of offenses lie outside this set of specialized programs; (4) cost figures are difficult to interpret because of the ambiguity of valuing services rendered; (5) accountability is most often in terms of process (number of clients admitted, average daily census) rather than in terms of client performance (number completing various stages; ratio of graduates to dropouts). (Implications of findings are discussed in terms of the need for referral sources and service vendors to develop jointly planned monitoring and accountability procedures, the need to determine the number of clients of specified types, and the need to determine the logic of decision making in referring clients to community based programs.) (JH)
Descriptors: Accountability, Community Services, Contracts, Correctional Rehabilitation, Field Studies, Legal Responsibility, National Surveys, Private Agencies, Program Administration, Program Costs, Referral, Research Needs, State Legislation, Use Studies
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.