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Handbook for Evaluating Objective Prison Classification Systems
Jack Alexander (au); James Austin (au); M. Wayne Huggins (fr)
The development of fair, objective, & manageable offender classification systems (CS) has been a significant concern of correctional admin. for some time. Building & facility expansion programs are critically affected by classification decisions, as is resource allocation for programming. Parity issues & the possibility of litigation are major concerns. This report presents a critical review of issues relevant to the evaluation of correctional CS. Topics covered: standards for conducting classification evaluations; impact evaluation & validation goals; evaluation questions, designs, & method; & sampling & data collection techniques. Examples used reflect actual evaluations of CS & should be helpful in clarifying areas of concern. Illustrations.
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