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Criminal Justice Policy and Planning

Welsh, Wayne N.; Harris, Philip W.

ISBN 10: 1593455089 / 1-59345-508-9
ISBN 13: 9781593455088
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Softcover
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Unlike other textbooks on the subject, Criminal Justice Policy and Planning presents a comprehensive and structured account of the process of administering planned change in the criminal justice system. Welsh and Harris detail a simple yet sophisticated seven-stage model, which offers students and practitioners a full account of program and policy development from beginning to end. The authors thoughtfully discuss the steps: analyzing a problem; setting goals and objectives; designing the program or policy; action planning; implementing and monitoring; evaluating outcomes; and reassessing and reviewing. Within these steps, students focus on performing essential procedures, such as conducting a systems analysis, specifying an impact model, identifying target populations, making cost projections, collecting monitoring data, and performing a meta-analysis. In reviewing these steps and procedures, students can develop a full appreciation for the challenges inherent in the process and understand the tools that they require to meet those challenges. To provide for a greater understanding of the material, the text uses a wide array of real-life case studies and examples of programs and policies. Examples include policies such as Restorative Justice, The Second Chance Act, Three Strikes Laws, and the Brady Act, and programs such as drug courts, boot camps, and halfway houses. By examining the successes and failures of these innovations, the authors demonstrate both the ability of rational planning to make successful improvements and the tendency of unplanned change to result in undesirable outcomes. The result is a powerful argument for the use of logic, deliberation and collaboration in criminal justice innovations.

Review:

Acquaints readers with scientific techniques and a seven-stage framework for analyzing criminal justice problems and developing solutions. It explains the benefits of "planned change" using a variety of case studies to illustrate suitable planning techniques as well as the pitfalls that can be avoided by implementing such techniques.

  • Chapters are enhanced with outlines, figures, tables, examples, discussion questions and case studies.
  • Appendix includes a seven-stage checklist for program and policy planning.

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