Seven review teams consisting of Central Office staff, augmented by regional Corrections Action Teams (CATs), annually develop draft revisions to the Agency Strategic Plan (ASP). The final plan is published after review and approval by executive management and the Office of the Governor. In keeping with the DC's continuous quality improvement initiative, maximum feasible employee participation in the development of the annual plan is attempted each year. Typically, about 90-100 employees are involved in the drafting of the plan.
Seven Priority Issues
The seven priority issues appearing in the Strategic Plan for 1997-2002 are arranged in a new priority order, based on guidance from executive management. The current priority order is:
Issue 1: Ensuring Public Safety by Effective Custody and Supervision of Offenders
Issue 2: Programs Contributing to Recidivism Reduction and Maximizing Offenders' Skills
Issue 3: Effective Resource Acquisition and Use
Issue 4: Increasing Productivity through Continuous Quality Improvement
Issue 5: Develop Partnerships with Public and Private Agencies to Further Accomplishments of the department's Mission
Issue 6: Effective Communication with Department Staff and the Public
Issue 7: Efficient and Effective Use of Technology to Improve Timeliness and Accuracy in Department Administration
Emphasis is consistently placed on thorough descriptions of the current and future conditions surrounding each issue.
Comprehensive statistics underpin the plan's narrative components and provide future projections. Key indicators that establish baselines useful for estimating accomplishment measure progress toward Strategic Plan objectives.
The department continues to move forward in
operational planning, which is that level of planning
that sets forth the action steps necessary to
accomplish the ASP strategies. Central Office units
assigned lead responsibility for ensuring that ASP
strategies are accomplished have developed draft
operational plans. The implementation of operational
plans department-wide remains the ultimate goal of this
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