Criminal Justice System Example

With the continued increase in our population, Large City has been forced to re-evaluate and update our prison system since the three facilities that we currently have are outdated. As the Executive Director for Clinical Social Work, I want to effectively create a plan of action along with the guidance of the Large City Mayor, Attorney General, Chief of Police and the Director of State Department of Corrections. We want to develop post-release programs and concentrate on substance abuse and anger management programs that will allow Large City to continue to be one of the safest cities in America.

As Executive Director for Clinical and Social Work one way we can effectively manage overcrowding without burdening the budget is to create programs that would release low-level criminals and place them in a diversion program that would also focus on developing their education and vocational skills. Also, having an open-door policy would allow the offenders to discuss problems they are facing and to develop treatment plans that would prevent future problems. Properly assessing each offender individually, and determining what ways to bring out the best in each offender, will be the goal of all my social workers.

I feel that if we do our due diligence and treat each offender individually, according to the laws and regulations of the State, we will be able to move forward and save Large City taxpayers a large amount of money. My plan as Executive Director for Clinical Social Work is to create therapeutic programs that would effect the treatment of all prisoners, regardless of race, creed , or color. We want to search Large City for the best applicants to serve the offenders by performing thorough background checks, and ensuring that all new hires pass a urine screen.

This will let the citizens know that all Large City social workers and therapists are upstanding citizens who thrive on keeping the city safe by developing treatment plans such as anger management and substance abuse therapy which would enable the prisoners to develop into more well-rounded individuals. Also, our plan to approach rehabilitation process and procedure according to Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice System. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 2005.is to Provide programs that are both high-intensity and low-intensity.

The high-intensity programs would monitor the the prisoner at all times and decrease interaction between other inmates, as well as staff members. The low-intensity program would allow the prisoners more flexibility and more interaction with other inmates as well as staff members. Provide group counseling which would allow trained profesionals the opportunity to address any and all issues that concerns the prisoners. Create specialized groups that would focus on more serious issues such as anger management and parenting groups.

These groups would gather prisoners who have experienced real life trauma, and use this to time to allow the prisoners to beable to release built up frustration from never having a support group to express their experiences. By applying these principles, we feel our plan will be successful in creating a better-rounded prisoner. Recidivism is one of the most important issues we must face with Prisoners returning to Large City. According to the study done by Rosenfeld,Wallman,and Fornango (2005) most released prisoners will revert back to their old habits and commit crimes again.

Many are the ones who did not take advantage of the programs that were offered to them at the old facilities. Many Large City residents are fearful of prisoners because of stereotypes placed on the criminals; however, my mission as a leader is to go out into the community and ease the fears of the residents. Creating community meetings where the people can come out to discuss their safety concerns and offer their own ideas for safety would be essential to the program. Ensuring the safety of Large City residents is our #1 priority.

One of the other issues we have to address in Large City, is poverty. Being involved in crimes affects ones ability to work, have a home, and raise a family. According to Wheelock and Uggen (2006) most criminals had financial troubles before being incarcerated. Consequently, the income of the family is substantially reduced because of the offender’s time away from home and lack of employment. “Not having a parent to provide for them could cause kids to misbehave and also fall behind in school” (Geller,Garfunkel,Cooper & Mincy, 2009).

Social workers who are employed by Large City will be proactive in establishing relationships with families that have incarcerated parents. Our mission is to create programs such as Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Stay in School programs to ensure that the family unit stays intact. In Large City, we want to abide by all laws and regulations to ensure that the criminal justice system is being applied effectively. The Department of Corrections will be responsible for the upkeep of the newly formed prison and the safety of the prisoners.

The Mayor of Large City would ensure that all city ordinances are upheld and the Chief of Police will ensure that all officers are held accountable for their actions and be responsible for the safety of the citizens of the city. The Attorney General will be responsible for collecting all taxes and debts and ensuring that all citizens are protected from any fraudulent business activity. My role as Executive Director for Clinical Social Work in Large City is to create programs that will involve the community in establishing the fact that all citizens are treated fairly and that their human rights are properly cared for.

If we all perform our jobs to the best of our abilities, Large City will flourish and be a thriving and prosperous city. As Executive Director for Clinical and Social Work of Large City, I’m obligated to follow all ethical codes that have been established. According to publication Good Practice Note,( 2006), we want to devise a plan that would provide equal opportunity for able-bodied as well as disabled citizens and those with other health issues. We also want to take special care in providing for expecting mothers.

In Large City, family comes first, and we want to continually let all employees know that we will go the extra mile to ensure the stability of the family unit. The goal of Large City is to have a diverse workforce so that we can increase our marketability. I plan on ensuring that all facilities have a copy of their operational standards posted on the wall in the break room. I also want to establish an honest and dependable workforce so that we can best serve the citizens of Large City. Having loyal and dependable workers will help us build strong relationships with future clients and allow Large City to continue to flourish.

References Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice System. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 2005. (Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 44. ) 9 Treatment Issues Specific to Prisons. Available from: http://www. ncbi. nlm. nih. gov/books/NBK64123/ Geller, A. , Garfinkel, I, Cooper,C. E. ,& Mincy, R. B. (2009) Parental Incarceration and Child well-being: Implications for urban families.

Social Science Quarterly, 90, 1186-1202 Good Practice Note, Non Discrimination and Equal Opportunity, January 2006, Number 5,http. //www. conference-board. org. pdf. free/good Practice Workforce Diversity. pdf Rosenfeld, Richard, Joel Wallman, and Robert Fornango. “The Contribution of Ex-Prisoners to Crime Rates. ”In Prisoner Reentry and Crime in America, edited by Jeremy Travis and Christy Visher (80–104). London: Cambridge University Press, 2005 Wheelock,D. , & Uggen,C. (2006) Race, poverty and punishment: The impact of criminal sanctions on racial, ethic and socio-economic inequality.

Retrieved from http://npc. umich. edu /publications/workingpaper 06/ paper 15/working-paper 06-15. pdf Executive Summary Large City, USA was founded in 1940, and is a growing city in West Virginia. Our principal offices are located in Charleston, West Virginia. Large City USA has a population of 1. 1 million. Large City USA provides housing and services for over 10,000 prisoners. Presently, our prison facilities are outdated due to the recent growth of our city. Our future plans include developing a new prison in the upcoming year.

We define our market as State and Federal Government. The total market size is currently growing at 5% per year in a state that has a population of 2. 2 million also growing at 5% per year. We have a competitive advantage because of our continued dedication and track record in supplying all the basic needs of all prisoners in Large City, USA. We anticipate being the only State and Federally funded facility in the whole state. The greatest risks associated with our business today are ensuring that we educate and reform the prisoners, so they won’t return to our facilities.

We feel we can overcome these risks by performing thorough background checks and hiring the top candidates to fill our positions. The management team is led by Large City Mayor Richard who has been the Mayor of Large City for 15 years. He also has headed several community taskforce meetings. He received his M. B. A. from the University of Iowa in 2002. The Large City Chief of Police is Christopher Suarez, who has been Chief of Police for 5 years and been a lifelong resident of Large City. He has previously performed duties as a field officer for over 30 years.

He received his M. B. A. from the University of Hawaii in 2002 The State Attorney General is Marcus Burnett, who has served the State of West Virginia for 10 years of admirable service. He has gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that all citizens of Large City are fairly treated in all their business affairs. He received his M. B. A. from the University of Hard Knocks in 2010. The State Department of Corrections Director is Raila Clark, she has held her position for 12 years and previously worked as a Corrections officer at Attica Prison.

She has personally treated over 100 death-row inmates and is affectionately referred to as “Top Cop” behind prison walls. She has wrote several journals on correction procedures and she received her M. B. A. from University of Alaska. The Executive Director for Clinical Social Work is Tyrone Hawkins, who was recently promoted after being named Social Worker of the Year in West Virginia. He has created several treatment programs and looks forward to installing new programs to further enhance the social work field. He received his M.

B. A from West Virginia University in 1983. We have 3 prisons located in Large City. We currently employ over 200 employees. We plan on hiring 300 more employees to enhance the growth and safety of our city. We are seeking 2 million dollars which will enable us to create a new prison which will be able to house all prisoners safely and efficiently by creating cost-effective measures to ensure the success of the prison. We expect to provide a savings of over $100,000 per year compared to what is actually being spent.