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This researcher collected data using a deputy
report writing system (DRWS). The system allows for the exact collection of
data about deputy sheriff reports in the target population. Specifically, this
researcher collected and analyzed data, using an Excel’s Statistical
Analysis Tool, about the number of deputy reports documenting battery incidents
among inmates (e.g., assault and battery), resisting incidents (e.g., delay correctional
staff and resist officer), drug-related incidents (e.g., possession of drugs/
alcohol and found narcotic reports), crisis intervention incidents (e.g.,
attempt suicide and harm-to-others due to mental illness), and miscellaneous reports
(e.g., theft and vandalism). Except for confidential reports (reports that are not
open to the public) and supplemental reports (follow-up reports for original incidents),
this study examined all reports generated by deputy sheriffs in the
correctional setting, for the target population, over a 27-week period. The
target population for the study are adult inmates inside one Southwestern jail
system in the United States.
Brandman University Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved this study. The current research was an analysis of existing data. This study counted the number of reports deputies generated and grouped each report under one of five incident categories for analysis. This study did not collect any names of inmates or correctional staff. This research also did not collect any information that could directly or indirectly link anyone to an incident report – such as case numbers, employee/ badge numbers, or booking numbers. The researcher did not obtain identifiable confidential information about human subjects. Furthermore, the researcher excluded all confidential reports. This study also did not supply the name of the county sheriff department or related courthouses in the current work. The research limited the current investigation to the quantitative examination of the frequency of deputy-generated reports.