Alt Title

A critical component for a "forgotten government" : a case study of budgeting for county jail facilities

Publication Date

2008

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Rubin, Irene

Degree Name

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Department

Department of Political Science

LCSH

Illinois--Appropriations and expenditures||Prisons--Illinois--Finance

Abstract

Today jail budgeters are frequently faced with double-digit increases in prisoner population and a similar increase in overall operational costs while county revenues are failing to keep pace with the rising price tag for incarceration. This project seeks to explore how jail budgeters develop and implement jail budgets during times of disproportionate changes in demands and available funding streams. Focusing on five Illinois Counties experiencing different degrees of fiscal stress, and utilizing a qualitative case study approach, this study seeks to respond to three broad questions: (1) How do county jail budgeters develop and implement an annual budget, particularly during times of disproportionate changes in demands and available funding streams? (2) How well do existing decision models, such as Incrementalism, Garbage Can, or Real Time Budgeting fit the actual practices currently in use by jail budget staff in explaining the budgeting decision process and structure? (3) How might existing decision models be combined or altered to better describe and predict county jail budgeting under conditions of fiscal constraint? This study is not intended to test the validity of the three decision models, but rather sets out to add to the sparse literature regarding county and jail budgeting processes and sets the stage for future research in this important and often neglected governmental unit.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [305]-317).

Extent

viii, 348 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

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Media Type

Text

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