First Advisor

Browne, Stephen

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Lindley, Don


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Criminology


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

44 pages


The focus of this project centers around the large amount of material in regards to objective offender classification models. Research suggests that objective classification models are the most effective means of evaluating the risk and needs of inmates while in custody. Since it is the responsibility of all correctional facilities to keep their inmate population and staff safe, implementing a successful classification tool is crucial. Documentation reviewed for this project suggests most correction facilities across the United States have implemented objective systems into their classification policies and procedures. This project attempted to evaluate classification models implemented in the county jail's throughout Colorado for their objective characteristics. By reviewing public county websites for their classification policies, this project was to determine if Colorado was consistent with national trends in implementing objective classification models. Given the low number of classification policies and procedures located on public domains, this project failed to determine if Colorado, as a whole, was consistent; however, was able to determine the objective qualities of systems implemented in 12 individual counties located throughout Colorado.

Date of Award

Summer 2013

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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