|TITLE:||BALANCING EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS: EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF PRIVATIZED MONITORING SYSTEMS IN THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS|
|PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:||LINDSTEADT, GREGORY A.|
|OTHER INVESTIGATORS:||RICK DIERENFELDT, DR. GENE BONHAM (UCM), DR. SUE GODBOLDT|
File Created: March 19, 2013|
Department Chair Action Date: March 19, 2013
Current Status: Expedited Approval Granted
Action Date: March 20, 2013
Approval Expiration Date: March 20, 2014
|Confidentiality||Data are linked to individuals.|
STATEMENT OF PURPOSEThe privatization of prisons is not a new phenomenon. Today, across the US, private prison industry is a strong enterprise, but for the most part is used supplemental to state systems of corrections. Contracting out specific services provided or required in these facilities remains the most common form of privatization in state corrections. Typically, these include professional services such as education, mental health and medical treatment. Other services, such as canteen, movement coordination technology and transport have also been utilized in state facilities. Limited research exists on the impact of these contractual agencies. This study will examine one such example—using the Securus system, Guarded Exchange has contracted with the Missouri Department of Corrections to screen outgoing telephone communication of inmates. Guarded Exchange was contracted in 2011 to systematically monitor inmate telephone communication for 20 of the state of Missouri’s facilities and reports to the Intelligence Unit of the Department of Corrections in Missouri any suspicious or illegal activities for further investigation. Prior to 2011, the Intelligence Unit was solely responsible for this screening. This study will utilize data from three years prior to the Guarded Exchange contract and the two years after the introduction of Guarded Exchange’s services to determine the effectiveness of this supplemental service. This information has direct impact on the safety of visitors, inmates and staff in these facilities, as well as the communities these facilities are located in. In addition, fiscal impact of utilizing such contract services will be examined.
STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGYThis study will utilize data received from the State of Missouri’s Inspector General’s Office for the Department of Corrections. These data have been submitted into the Corrections Information Network (COIN) prior to the contract of Guarded Exchange and since. These data will include (but not limited to) event dates, event variables as well as facility. Event findings are also stored in COIN which include (but not limited to) referral codes for further investigation, conduct violation generated and unfounded. These data will have no DOC, employee or civilian information which would lead to the identification of an individual. Descriptive, bivariate and multivariate (OLS/ARIMA) statistics will be utilized to better understand differences in reporting since the transition to these contracted services. Access to these data will be limited to the four primary investigators on this research team: Rick Dierenfeldt, Investigator I. Missouri Department of Corrections, Dr. Gene Bonham, UCM, Dr. Sue Godboldt, MWSU and Dr. Greg Lindsteadt, MWSU. Data will be stored on a secure MWSU drive, with hard copies of codes available to research team members.
ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITSThis study poses minimal risk based on the information provided in COIN reports. No personal identifiers of current DOC inmates, staff or those outside the facility will be provided in the database. No contact with those outside the Missouri Department of Corrections Inspector General’s Office, under Amy Roderick, and Intelligence Analyst for the Missouri Department of Corrections Inspector General’s Office, Shane Ziebarth, will occur. Dissemination will occur first to the Inspector General’s Office for the State of Missouri, prior to release of any study findings. Potential benefits for this study are numerous. There is a void in research on privatized prison contracting. Contractual services being applied effectively have direct safety and security implications when considering telephone monitoring. The impact extends outside the gates of the prison complex, including the community these facilities are a part of. Finally, effective implementation of prison security systems, such as telephone monitoring, can certainly be applied to other needs in these total institutions, resulting in cost savings and improved service coordination.
SUBJECT SELECTIONThe Missouri Department of Correction’s COIN reporting system will be accessed from 2008 to 2013. The Guarded Exchange addition occurred in 2011, marking the first of two transition points.
CONFIDENTIALITYThe data provided via the Missouri Department of Correction’s COIN reporting system will be limited to variables that will not identify individuals, either by name, address or identification number. These data will not identify specific referral staff or investigators. Only variables representing referring incident date, findings and DOC outcome decisions will be reviewed. These data will be kept on a secure system at MWSU.
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