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6001 W3 A1


 Criminal Justice Organizations by Stan Stojkovic; David Kalinich; John Klofas 6th Edition 9781285459011

Chap 6  Job Design
Chap 7  Leadership
Chap 8  Personnel Evaluation and Supervision

The focus is on power and politics in criminal justice organizations.

There are various types of criminal justice organizations such as correctional facilities, police organizations, courts of law, and offices of law.

All these criminal justice organizations do not get along peacefully. Corrections professionals get frustrated when the district attorney's office over criminalizes one offense or the other in an election year. Police officers often accuse corrections personnel of being bleeding hearts.  The courts often think the police are too arrogant to follow rules and procedures.  Of all the corrections professions, Probation officers are probably the best well-rounded employees of the criminal justice system because they are trained in court work, corrections, and police work.  

1.  Is power is different from authority?  
2.  When power is abused, which do you think can be more detrimental to an organization's success?

3.  What do you think can be done to reduce the disjuncture between these agencies?  Do you think that the unbalanced distribution of power is a reason for unfriendliness between these organizations?  How and why?

4.  How do you think courts of law perceive their power in comparison with police organizations?  Provide suggestions that would help level out the power inequality between different criminal justice organizations.

Please provide detail responses to the above questions and cited references (including the 3 chapters above with 2 recent sources dated no earlier than 2010 and later than 2016) in APA format.            

Title: 6001 W3 A1
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Power and Authority

In leadership, the line between power and authority though very thin plays a critical role(Inic & Bugarcic, 2014). Power is defined as the ability of an individual or a group of people to manipulate the actions and attitudes of others. Power could also mean the ability of a group of people or an individual to influence events. Power can be viewed from two perspectives: the personal power and legitimate power. Personal power is based on the personality or the expertise of a person. For example, programmers, lawyers, and engineers command power because of their expertise or personality. 

Legitimate power comes from a higher authority, for example, the CEO giving top managers control over subordinates.Authority, on the other hand, is delegation-oriented and is derived from duties and responsibilities. People get authority because of their positions; beyond the position, there is no authority. Authority is the right given to people so that they can get things done. Authority gives one the right to give orders, take decisions, and get obedience(Inic & Bugarcic, 2014).


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