Criminal Justice Management: Theory and Practice in Justice-Centered Organizations

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Criminal justice students and practitioners in criminal justice agencies know first-hand the value of effective management; they understand the vital need to develop organizations that meet the expectations of their community members, as well as those of their workers. Employing an innovative, student-friendly approach, this fully-updated second edition of Criminal Justice Management: Theory and Practice in Justice-Centered Organizations examines the complex subjects associated with operating justice-centered agencies.

Authors Mary K. Stohr and Peter A. Collins interweave their comprehensive research with humor and personal anecdotes to make the study of criminal justice management accessible – and interesting – to students. Chapter exercises and study questions provide a springboard for lively class discussion, encouraging students to discover relevant applications for these provocative topics. Through its dedicated pedagogy, this text challenges readers to:

  • initiate human relations management practices,
  • develop and maintain strong ethical practices,
  • provide support for the professional development of staff,
  • use proactive, collaborative and shared responsibility forms of leadership,
  • implement evidence-based best practices in agency programming,
  • build strong bridges within an engaged and informed community.

With an emphasis on putting theory into practice, Criminal Justice Management is an invaluable resource for the development of efficient, dynamic, and resourceful justice-centered agencies. It is perfect reading for criminal justice students, particularly those looking to enter a career in the criminal justice sector.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415540513
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/21/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 755,902
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary K. Stohr is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Washington State University. She earned her PhD (1990) in political science, with specializations in criminal justice and public administration, from Washington State University. Previously she worked at Missouri State, Boise State and at New Mexico State Universities for a total of 23 years. Before academe Stohr worked in an adult male prison in Washington state as a correctional officer (for less than a year) and as a correctional counselor (for about two years). Stohr has published over 80 academic works of one sort or another in the areas of correctional organizations and operation, correctional personnel, inmate needs and assessment, program evaluation, gender, and victimization.

Peter A. Collins is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Seattle University. He received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Washington State University in 2011 with specializations in corrections, cost-benefit and evaluation research, and criminal justice organizations. His research interests include criminal rehabilitation, substance abuse issues, community corrections and criminal reentry, the intersection of criminological theory and public policy analysis, criminal justice management and organizations, and criminology within the context of popular culture.

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Table of Contents

1. Criminal justice management: The big, the bad, and the beautiful, 2. Surveying the landscape of criminal justice management, 3. Managing trouble – deviance, abuse of force and sexual/gender harassment – using ethics, 4. The administrative state and management theories in perspective, 5. Communications: What you say and do is what they think you mean, 6. Socialization, roles and power issues, 7. Leadership and criminal justice organizations, 8. Personnel processes and practices, 9. Selection issues: Workforce 2000, diversity, and affirmative action, 10. Reaching beyond the expected: Managing treatment, force, standards, and accreditation, 11. Strategic planning and Budgeting, 12. Decision making and prediction, 13. Model management practices.

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