ERIC Number: ED130185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Controlled Confrontation: The Ward Grievance Procedure of the California Youth Authority. An Exemplary Project.
National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
The Ward Grievance Procedure of the California Youth Authority is one of 17 programs that earned the National Institute's "Exemplary" label. This brochure provides the requisite practical information for those who wish to test or consider testing the ward grievance procedure. The program was developed as a way of dealing with the questions raised by the issues of whether an inmate has the right to make suggestions about the way his life is regulated during incarceration and what kinds of grievance procedures are possible and permissable to prisoners. The program attempts to adopt the open collective negotiations and independent arbitration tradition to the prison environment. The program illustrates that prison tensions can be eased through a grievance procedure such as that described. The procedure has two formal features which are considered to have promoted its success: (1) grass roots problem solving by line staff and inmates who conduct hearings together and with equal decision-making authority; (2) inmate appeal to outside arbitration. The procedure deals mainly with individual problems, policy issues and ward vs. staff confrontations. The proces has three stages: ward-staff committee hearing, appeal, and arbitration. Almost half the grievances are settled at the first stage, while only two percent require outside arbitration. (NG)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Arbitration, Conflict Resolution, Correctional Institutions, Grievance Procedures, Guides, Institutionalized Persons, Models, Prisoners, Program Descriptions, Youth
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.