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[CCICADA-announce] DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary SeminarSeries - Monday, March 26, 2012

Linda Casals lindac at
Mon Mar 26 08:45:47 EDT 2012


DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Presents
Title: Enhancing correctional efficiencies, effectiveness and outcomes

Speaker: James P. Wojtowicz, CCICADA/Rutgers University

Date: Monday, March 26, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: DIMACS Center, CoRE Bldg, Room 431, Rutgers University                 
             Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


The founding documents of the United States of America guarantee its
citizens certain rights . . . among these are Life, Liberty and the
pursuit of Happiness[1]. Through its representative form of
government, decisions have been made and laws enacted that determine
which actions and behaviors merit the denial of individual liberty
through incarceration. The institution of incarceration, i.e.,
corrections, is a complex organization with multiple missions, unique
characteristics and many diverse and often opposing constituencies. It
is both an entity unto itself and a component of the broader criminal
justice system. Incarceration is expensive. Society's willingness to
spend whatever is necessary to house offenders is strained during
times of economic challenge. When budgets are tight, the question
arises 'how do we maintain effective public safety in the most cost
efficient manner while satisfying mission responsibilities as well as
advocates and detractors?'

This seminar will provide a brief overview of corrections and will
frame the complexity of the question of how to enhance and improve the
correctional system to maximize various desired system outcomes. The
DIMACS/CCICADA approach views real world problems with complex
characteristics in the context of sophisticated techniques with the
dual goals of advancing solutions and promoting research. In this
regard, one possible way of conceptualizing the problem will be
presented describing the correctional system as a dynamic flow system
where entities enter, spend varying amounts of time with varying
inputs and eventually exit, where the objective is to minimize cost
and maximize system efficiencies and outcomes. It is hoped that
further discussion will result on other ways to define the problem and
perhaps possible other methods to address it.

[1] Declaration of Independence, July 1776

DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Series, Complete Spring Calendar 2012

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