Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology
James J. Nolan
This is a secondary Analysis of the West Virginia Child Abuse and Neglect Circuit Courtroom system based on the 1995 and 2005 Court Improvement Programs State Evaluations. This article focuses on the West Virginia child abuse and neglect court in relation to Reasonable Efforts Policy. The Evaluations gathered responses from the Judges, Prosecutors and Caseworkers. We reviewed the responses using Jacob and Eisenstein's courtroom workgroup model. Our analysis reveals that policy as an ideal and in practice enacts power over the courtroom workgroups ability to comply with federal standards. These standards and policy requirements create tension and precedence for an uneven power hierarchy in the courtroom workgroup. The Court Improvement Program has not looked at their interview responses from a sociological perspective until this essay.
Rood, Kathryn Alexandra, "Analysis of the West Virginia Child Abuse and Neglect 2005 Court Improvement Program's re-evaluation" (2006). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 745.