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ERIC Number: EJ798130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Roles and Responsibilities: Analyzing Local Leaders' Views on Jail Crowding from a Systems Perspective
Davis, Robin King; Applegate, Brandon K.; Otto, Charles W.; Surette, Ray; McCarthy, Bernard J.
Crime & Delinquency, v50 n3 p458-482 2004
Jail crowding is a substantial concern for many local jurisdictions. Although several authors have suggested a system-wide approach to reduce crowding, relatively little is known about how top local criminal justice officials view this issue. Using interviews and surveys of criminal justice leaders in a large southern metropolitan county, this study examined perspectives on jail crowding and perceived interagency relationships. Consistent with prior studies, the respondents agreed that jail crowding is a problem and that the consequences of crowding extend beyond the correctional facility. Greater discord was observed on issues of agency responsibility for changing policies to effect reductions in crowding. Findings are interpreted within the context of a "loose coupling" framework of criminal justice organizations. (Contains 5 tables and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida