In such a case where I move in as a new associate warden, I would try all means possible to ensure that the things that I have learned and can be implemented in prison are implemented without stepping on anyone’s toe as change is very important in the current world. Moving with the current trends is vital as there are technological advancements and also the progress that has been established in various organizations and therefore incorporating across different levels streamlines the operations. The current situation, mostly brought about by the kind of management being exercised by the top-level management makes change critical. As a result, I would try to implement new strategies to overcome the autocracy and also develop a friendly and conducive relationship between the staff members altogether.
Some of the risks expected in a situation where I push for change are employees ignorance as they might resist the advocated changes sine to them the governing system at the prison has developed to become a culture where they are accustomed to. Additionally, being just an associate, my commanding as well as the ability to air my opinion is very limited meaning that it is complicated and challenging. To get the wardens approval, writing a proposal, on the recommended changes and the benefits that the changes will bring to the prison and its staff members would be the only practical an efficient way to communicate my ideas and also, gain trust from the top.
One of the greatest changes that are critical is the implementation of better communication strategies such that the flow of information from the top management to the inmates and the other way is smooth and such that there is an easy understanding between the parties. Implement communication platforms where the management and the subordinates can air their views as well as schedule duties on a daily basis. The platform can also be used to ask questions for charity and even communicate on the prisons situation for example progress. The change can be implemented through teaching the inmates and the other employees on the different ranks and the respect that should be accorded to each. This could also be looked into through ensuring that each party respects and understands the situation of one another to avoid contradictions.
Employee training and following the procedures for collection staff is very important in such a scenario. The training procedures are to be taken by all employees to, equip them with the best ways on how best to deal with, hostile and aggressive inmates and also teach them about the benefits of teamwork. Additionally, the inmates should also be trained on correction measures to help improve their behavior.
The greatest joy of change implementation is revolutionizing the way of doing things and achieving the intended goals and objectives at easy. If the recommended changes are implemented efficiently, teamwork in prison will be upheld by all parties involved. For example, there will be regular briefings from the top management. On the other hand, the changes will promote coordination between the inmates and the staff members and also bridge the gap between the prisons management and the employees union.
In such a case where I have to be associated in such a big change implementation, the first step to take is to consult with the legislature concerning their intentions to change the amenities provided for by the correction department. This is to be done through writing a letter to the legislature requesting them for an appointment to communicate and discuss the intended changes and also lack of inclusion of the department in the change forum, with its members. For example, the speaker can schedule some time for the motions (Cullen, Mears, Jonson & Thielo, 2016). This would follow a briefing to the legislature on the benefits of involving the correction department before changing any rules, for the prisons and the inmates too. Also, another alternative is to ask for legal answers of the independence levels of the correction department and the permissible leave of interrogation and change of department policies and rules by the legislature. The move can help bar the intended changes to abolish the amenities. Such a change would interfere with almost all the set procedures and the ways of doing things and therefore involving the parties to be affected in one way or the other becomes important from the word go.
I being the director of corrections for the Midwestern state I would make sure that I come up with a well-detailed plan that would ensure that the correction legislation would be made and also make sure that such a policy with a negative impact on the ability to run prisons safely is not implemented. The plan I would use is to take the initiative to advise the legislature and all the involved parties on the benefits of providing prisoners with specific amenities, which they propose to eradicate. This would be through driving such points like;
- The inmates are human, and the detention itself is already a punishment to them
- Removing the facilities to make them fill punished will not help them change. The situation in the prisons and will only harden them to become hardcore criminals.
- The amenities provided helps the inmate’s mind be more engaged. This helps the inmates to maintain discipline as well as avoid violence and aggressive attitudes towards the prison staff members. This promotes harmony and a friendly environment at the prison facilities (Hickert, Tahamont & Bushway, 2017).
On the other hand, I would call for an audit of the violent cases before the amenities were introduced and after they were implemented. If the statistics show reduces incidences at the prison, then they should not abolish the progress made by the correction department.
Moreover, after explaining to the legislature of the advantages of the amenities and the benefits they bring to the prisons and the departments at large, the other move is to show them the ability the department has on running the prisons effectively and efficiently. The statement can be supported by the long period that the prisons have had without any severe incident to report from.
Cullen, F. T., Mears, D. P., Jonson, C. L., & Thielo, A. J. (2016). Seven Ways to Make Prisons Work. In What is to Be Done About Crime and Punishment? (pp. 159-196). Palgrave Macmillan UK.
Hickert, A., Tahamont, S., & Bushway, S. (2017). A Tale of Two Margins: Exploring the Probabilistic Processes that Generate Prison Visits in the First Two Years of Incarceration. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 1-26.