Parole/Probation Subdivision (aka Community Corrections)
Overview: Understanding the structure of a criminal justice organization is the foundation of organizational assessment. This will allow you to accurately assess
whether or not an organization is fulfilling its mission statement. Once assessment is determined, interdepartmental dissemination will be streamlined due to
familiarity with the structure of the organization.
Prompt: Submit a draft of the structure (Section II) of your final project. Start with an outline of the organization as a whole entity. Once the structure has been
determined, begin to analyze how departments interact to maximize efficiency in meeting the standards of the organization. Be sure to address all of the critical
elements as outlined below.
Specifically the following critical elements must be addressed:
II. Structure: In this section, you will analyze the overall structure of the organization to set the stage for your performance assessment. For the purposes
of this project, you will select a subdivision of the agency on which to focus your performance assessment.
A. What are the departments or subdivisions into which your selected organization is divided, and how do these subdivisions work together as a
whole in relation to the mission of the organization? In other words, each department or subdivision has its own goals, but how do all the
departments or subdivisions work together to achieve the organization’s mission?
B. Describe your selected subdivision, and outline the specific goals and responsibilities of the subdivision, describing how they align with the
overall mission of the agency. Consider how the goals of the selected subdivision align with the mission of the agency.
C. Describe the key policies in place that run your selected subdivision of the organization, explaining how these policies align with the mission of
the subdivision. For example, the subdivision might have specific rules and regulations within its operating procedures and laws that ensure the
subdivision meets its established goals.
Guidelines for Submission: Your paper must be submitted as a 2- to 3-page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font,
one-inch margins, and at least three sources cited in APA format.