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Do you think the methodology used to complete this study was valid?
Yes, it was valid as if they thought they were doing the right thing.
However, the study did have its issues. Because of all the limitations, and they didn’t treat women like police officers, they treated them like women.
What limitations do you see, if any, in the way the study was conducted?
There was several limitations:
· 86 females hired of those only 25 were trained (or retraining as they called it.).
· No special recruitment was done to hire these women, so anyone could join.
· Women were given a uniform of a skirt ?
· They paired the women with the men as they saw fit instead of random assignments.
· Different districts they were in than the men that they were being compared to
3.Given the fact that female officers are part of most mainstream police agencies are these findings any different today than in 1974? Why or Why not?
I think that the findings are different. Sure, women are part of the mainstream policing now, but back then there weren’t any standards to really compare women too; let alone men. Most importantly, they didn’t treat the women like officers. They didn’t even allow women to wear pants, their uniform was skirts. This wouldn’t fly in today’s time. And the other important thing to look at, is there is now a standard in how police officers are evaluated at.
How do local politics affect jail administration?
Local politicians feel pressure to appear a certain way in order to be elected or maintain their position. This become extreme during times of election. Local politicians include Sheriffs and other officials who are also in charge of their local jail facility. Due to their political stand point, this affects how that local jail is operated, the funds spend on the jail and how correctional officers are trained to handle specific incidents.
Should political influence be as extensive as it is?
I do not believe that political influence should affect how a jail operates but unfortunately that is how the system plays out. Each local jail should be handled in accordance to its needs and types of offenders they are housing. Jail facilities have many needs and these needs should be met in order for the facility to run as smooth as possible, not for what what looks best to the public.
Does it help or hinder good correctional practices?
I believe that political influence hinders good correctional practices more than it helps. I feel that some of these politicians can clearly see the issues and needs of these facilities but will not make them a priority based on how it appears to the public. Especially the facilities that are ran down and are less humane and the politician wants the appearance to be that they are “hard on crime” and the offenders should not be living it up. Another downside is politicians that create jail facilities that are over the top and give offenders may more than they deserve. Many homeless citizens will continue their criminal behavior just to get placed back into these facilities in order to have a better life than they may on the outside. Also correctional officers suffer due to political decisions. Some of these officers have to suffer daily on how they are required to treat inmates, how the facility is ran and some do not even have access to what they need in their facilities to feel protected.
Discussion Chapter 9:
Should intermediate sanctions be run by traditional probation and prison systems or by new agencies seeking to serve as alternatives to them?
I believe that some intermediate sanctions can be ran by traditional probation and other my need new agencies in order to keep up with demand. Some intermediate sanctions such as community service, home confinement and electronic monitoring could be ran by probation officers as long as there is enough officers to attend to these offenders. Other intermediate sanctions such as boot camp and restitution centers could be ran by new agencies. This would allow for the time that is needed to successfully get offenders through these program to be spent by outside employees and take some load off of the probation officers. These agencies could report to prison systems.