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Unit 4: Prisons: How and Why

Unit 4: Prisons: How and Why
Group Project: Individual Portion
CRJS 220: Foundations of Corrections
Verkisie Shaw
Dr. Donald Campbell
American Intercontinental University
January 28, 2010

Unit 4: Prisons: How and Why
There are three types of management styles which are; Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez-faire. I’m going to define what each three styles are and give a solution to each style. Authoritarian Style:

In my own words, authoritarian style is basically where one person, better known as the leader, is in charge. He or she makes all decisions, rules and regulations and passes them down to his employees for them to follow with little supervision. He wants to make sure that his employees follow and carries out all rules and regulations, and his or her authority shouldn’t be questioned by anyone. The leader is assumed that he or she knows what is best for the organization. According to the article, “Leadership styles”, Brennen states that “authoritarian leaders can be arrogant, hostile, boastful, and egotistical” (n.d.). I would definitely consider using the authoritarian style for such individuals who are in prison or in jail, because they need some type of strict guidance, and throughout their sentence, they are going to be following the rules and following orders, which will hopefully give them some sense of direction. Democratic Style:

In my own words, the democratic style doesn’t focus just on one person in charge (leader), it focuses on more than just one individual having authority. It’s more of a group of people who are in charge. Supervision is minimal as individuals take the responsibility for their behavior. In this type of style, subordinates are encouraged to express their ideas and make suggestions, but, however, shared decisions are not likely to occur in all aspects of the organizational operations. According to the article, “Leadership styles”, Brennen states, “Democratic leaders sell...
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