Diversity Program Implementation in a Large Southern State Correctional System

Michael J. DeValve, Sam Houston State University

Recent authors on diversity have argued that diversity programs now enjoy a greater degree of centrality in many private sector organizations. Although there seems to be a greater recognition of the importance of both category and functional diversity within and among public criminal justice organizations, many lag far behind in the implementation of effective policies, programs, training or education. Interestingly, this is in spite of unequivocal support for, and clear dedication to the ends of diversity at some of the very highest levels of state and agency leadership. This effort shall present some of the varying issues regarding the implementation of a diversity program in a large state correctional system.

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