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ERIC Number: ED147474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Pages: 9
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Rethinking Correctional Staff Development.
Williams, David C.
There have been enduring conflicts in correctional institutions between personnel charged with rehabilitative duties and those who oversee authority. It is only within the past few years that realistic communication between these groups has been tolerated. The same period of time has been characterized by the infusion of training and staff development programs. There are indications that now is the time to reassess these ventures. Four predictable problem areas should be confronted in planning successful prison inservice programs. First, staff development activities aimed at confronting typical malaise within prisons are likely to be more successful when based away from the work environment. Second, alternatives to the standardization and centralization of programs should be considered which offer greater flexibility in meeting personnel needs. Third, a multi-level hierarchical involvement in the planning of inservice programs in which personnel expectations are considered along with institutional needs and resources is likely to produce the best program outcomes. Finally, to overcome the traditional conflicts among prison personnel, staff training programs should be made more comprehensive and inclusive. (EM)
Publication Type: Books
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