Michael E Smith & Walter J Dickey, What If Corrections Were Serious About Public Safety?, 2 Corrections Management Q. 12 (Summer 1998)
The proposals of Wisconsin's 1996 Governors' Task Force on Sentencing and Corrections grew from an unconventional analysis of what public safety is, how it is produced, and what contribution to its production corrections departments can make. Building on developments in problem-solving community policing and in neighborhood-oriented probation and parole, the task force recommended a comprehensive re-deployment and a bottom-up management system for corrections departments. This article provides the rationale for those recommendations and traces the evolution of the ideas that animate them.