Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A qualitative descriptive case study explaining professional development in community corrections
by Delaney, Raymond M., Jr., D.M.IST., University of Phoenix, 2014, 159; 3583284
Abstract (Summary)

This study presents the specific problem surrounding the lack of empirical research for improving engagement and ongoing supervision between criminal justice practitioners and offenders. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive single-case study dissertation aimed to investigate job roles and social contact for improvement of engagement with special needs federal offenders in community corrections. This study used a descriptive framework comprised of, education, training, and leadership and management as a special interest. Face-to-face semi-structured interviews used a purposeful and snowball approach. The participants were 10 criminal justice practitioners, five Case Managers and five United States Probation Officers that provide transitional services to the federal offenders with special needs. Three themes emerged based on the participant’s perceptions and experiences regarding job roles and social contacts with offenders. The themes were as follows: (a) managing offenders and professionalism, (b) influence of education and training, and (c) setting the tone and culture of the organization. The research discovered that a professional rapport is essential for engaging offenders. This study discovered the ramifications of communicating expectations of transitioning into society and its impact on recidivism. Further implications for leadership to consider based on this study is a need for a comprehensive approach for how to properly mange offenders with special needs. Recommendations for seeking appropriate means for offering professional development opportunities for all practitioners in community corrections is proposed to correctional leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Esmail, Ashraf
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Industrial arts education, Criminology, Labor relations
Keywords: Community corrections, Descriptive case study corrections, Professional development corrections, Qualitative study corrections, Single case study
Publication Number: 3583284
ISBN: 978-1-321-13110-9
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