Criminal Justice Organizations: Administration and by Stan Stojkovic, David Kalinich, John Klofas

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Such organizations are ideally suited to function within unstable environments that demand outcomes requiring nonroutine tasks. In this type of organization, tasks are not specialized and any member of the agency may have the expertise or knowledge to take on a variety of tasks. Tasks may also be assumed by groups or teams sharing expertise. Because tasks are not specialized and responsibility is not constrained by written procedures, rules, and regulations, ends are emphasized over means. Decision making—conflict resolution, planning, policy development, and the like—is mostly a result of structured and informal interaction between personnel rather than a prerogative reserved for executive or top managers.

Instead, judgments are guided by prosecutors’ experience and expertise in analyzing individual cases. The span of control—the number of subordinates reporting to a supervisor—is another significant dimension of organizational structure. ) A wide span of control implies that a large number of subordinates report to one supervisor. Conversely, a narrow span of control suggests that a small number CHAPTER 2 STRUCTURE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS of subordinates report to one supervisor. Deciding if the span of control should be wide or narrow depends upon the size of the organization, the task at hand, and the skills of subordinates.

For example, prisoners are not viewed as legitimate evaluators of their prisons. Second, because the marketplace does not determine the value of public organizations, they are generally evaluated on the importance of their mission rather than on the results they achieve. The enforcement of laws and dispensing of justice are seen as important missions. Police and courts, therefore, are valued despite difficulties in measuring productivity. But the value placed on these organizations may diminish if public views change, even though the organizations’ effectiveness does not change.

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