An Evaluation of the Illinois Dept. of Corrections' Gang-Free Environment Program
Historically, Illinois has reported one of the highest concentrations of prison gang members in the nation. In response, the Illinois Dept. of Corrections (IDOC) has experimented with a number of gang mgmt. strategies. In 1996 the IDOC established the state's first experimental gang-free prison at the Taylorville Correctional Ctr., where only inmates identified as non-gang members are housed. This study documents the development, implementation, and operation of this prison. Emphasis was placed on documenting the underlying assumptions that guided the development of the gang-free environment and assessing the implementation process.
administrative staff asked assaults believed Caucasians CD CD CM CM CM comparison prisons comparison sites correctional officers crowded dangerous dangerous dangerous decreased differences documentation drug evaluation team feeling flag droppers program gang activity gang affiliation gang-free conversion gang-free environment gang-free facility gang-free initiative gang-free prison housing units identified IDOC central office IDOC staff IDOC training IDRs written Illinois implementation incarcerated included increased inmate and staff inmate focus groups inmate population inmate selection inmate survey involved Joliet Correctional Center judo Lincoln Correctional Center noisy non-gang members number of IDRs number of inmates opinion participation past 6 months perceptions Pontiac Correctional Center prison environment problems questions recidivism research team result safe safety and security security staff sex offenders staff and inmates staff interviews staff member staff surveys Survey Administration Table TCC inmates TCC respondents TCC staff Total transition weekend
Page 168 - ... overstimulation; a preference for isolation, peace and quiet, absence of environmental irritants such as noise and crowding. SAFETY A concern about one's physical safety; a preference for social and physical settings that provide protection and that minimize the chances of being attacked. STRUCTURE A concern about environmental stability and predictability; a preference for consistency, clear-cut rules, orderly and scheduled events and impingements.
Page 11 - ... what conditions are process evaluations undertaken? Process evaluations permit decision makers and information users to understand the dynamics of program operations. Such understanding allows people to decide about the extent to which the program is operating the way it is supposed to be operating. Process evaluations are particularly useful for revealing areas in which programs can be improved as well as highlighting those strengths of the program which should be preserved.
Page 168 - Activity — a concern about understimulation; a need for maximizing the opportunity to be occupied and to fill time; a need for distraction.
Page 168 - ... support — a concern about reliable tangible assistance from persons and settings and about services that facilitate selfadvancement and self-improvement...
Page 150 - The response categories for each of the nine items originally were scored 0 = never, 1 = a few times a year or less, 2 = once a month or less, 3 = a few times a month, 4 = once a week, 5 = a few times a week, and 6 = every day.
Page 133 - I am told promptly about changes in policy, rules, or regulations that affect me. 5. I have the authority I need to accomplish my work objectives. 6. Employees do not have much opportunity to influence what goes on in the IDOC.
Page 168 - The result of our efforts was a set of eight hypothetical environmental concerns, which, briefly defined, are as follows: PRIVACY A concern about social and physical overstimulation; a preference for isolation, peace and quiet, absence of environmental irritants such as noise and crowding. SAFETY A concern about one's physical safety; a preference for social and physical settings that provide protection and that minimize the chances of being attacked. STRUCTURE A concern about environmental stability...
Page 7 - in the absence of standards and written policies for dealing with gangs in the correctional environment, gang administration amounts to little more than a local judgment call
Page 133 - I get through formal communication channels helps me perform my job effectively. 2.