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.
- Chapters are enhanced with outlines, figures, tables, examples, discussion questions, and case studies.
- Appendix includes a seven-stage checklist for program and policy planning.
1. Analyzing the Problem
2. Setting Goals and Objectives
3. Designing the Program or Policy
4. Action Planning
5. Program/Policy Implementation and Monitoring
6. Evaluating Outcomes
7. Reassessment and Review
Appendix A: A Seven-Stage Checklist for Program and Policy Planning
Wayne N. Welsh is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Temple University. He has conducted research in two broad areas: (1) applications of organizational theory to criminal justice and examinations of organizational change, and (2) theories of violent behavior and intervention/prevention programs. Welsh has been Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on numerous federal and state-funded research grants, and is currently working on a a national collaborative research project, project on Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Systems.
Harris, Philip W.
Philip W. Harris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University. His teaching and research have focused primarily on the areas of juvenile justice, juvenile correctional strategies, and organizational and system development. He serves as the strategic planning adviser to the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, which he co-founded in 1994, and is a member of Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee.