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Improving Criminal Justice Workplaces Translating theory and research into evidence-based practice

    242 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    All organisations, whether private or public sector, seek to improve criminal justice workplace practice from an evidence base, but often find it difficult to effectively translate research findings into policy or design best-practice interventions. This book provides a direct bridge between academic research in organisational behaviour and the management of workers within criminal justice agencies.

    The public sector in particular is currently experiencing significant funding cuts and increasingly needs to create optimal workplace strategies to maintain frontline services and preserve the well-being of the work force. The aim of this book is to equip managers with knowledge about key processes and appropriate research methods, thereby enabling them to more readily understand and apply academic research to their workplaces. The means to translate research findings into implementation strategies are also clearly explained. Furthermore, essential organisational issues that either impede or enhance productivity, employee effectiveness, and management responsiveness to change are discussed, following a common chapter template of problem definition, research and analysis, evidence translation, implementation, and evaluation.

    Written by experts in the field, this book applies cutting-edge theoretical discussions and research findings to evidence-based policy. It examines new strategies and best practice in the context of widespread demoralization of staff in the criminal justice sector due to the impact of increased austerity. Improving Criminal Justice Workplaces is essential reading for leadership teams, managers and supervisors in the court, police, probation, and prison services, as well as allied professionals such as forensic psychologists and HR professionals.

    Section I. Framing issues  1. Introduction  2. Occupational culture and organisational justice  3. Employee Engagement  4. Leadership and Management  5. Organisational Communication  6. Professionalisation  Section II. Tools  7. Evaluation  8. Focus Groups  9. Consultation and consultancy  10. Surveys  11. Delphi Technique  Section III. Organisational problems and solutions  12. Sustaining environments: Work-life balance  13. Toxic environments: Occupational stress  14. Transforming environments: Leadership development  15. Dangerous environment: Bullying and harassment  16. Diverse environments: Discrimination  17. Conclusions: Final thoughts, emerging issues and next steps.


    Paula Brough is a Professor of Organisational Psychology at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Her early research examining the psychological health and well-being of police officers was conducted in the UK and New Zealand. Paula has contributed over 90 scholarly outputs to the international academic literature in this field (books, book chapters, and journal articles).

    Jennifer Brown is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Co-Director of the Mannheim Centre for the study of criminology and criminal justice. She has conducted research on occupational stress within the police service as well as making a special study of gender within policing. Most recently she was the deputy chair of an Independent Commission into the future of policing within England and Wales.

    Amanda Biggs is a Lecturer at Griffith University, Australia. Her research focuses on psychological and physical health at work, intervention evaluation, positive occupational health psychology, and workplace bullying. Much of Amanda’s research experience has been conducted in collaboration with criminal justice organisations, and has been presented at numerous national and international academic conferences.