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“Survey of Pennsylvania Jail Wardens: An Examination of Visitation Policies Within the Context of Ecosystem Theory”

Sturges, Judith E.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Criminal Justice Review. 30(2): 141-154.

In recent years, jails have become more interdependent with the community, and policy demands
have helped create a system that is becoming more open. The research discussed in this article
focuses on the changes involving inmate visitation and attitudes of jail administrators using the
concepts of ecosystem theory. The authors use an ecosystem perspective to suggest that clarifying
and standardizing policies, increasing collaborative efforts between county facilities, developing
specialized training for correction officers, and improving methods of disseminating
information to visitors will help lessen some of the problems administrators normally associate
with visitation.


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