International Relations Negotiation Role-Play: New Crimea Prison Overcrowding Simulation

TitleInternational Relations Negotiation Role-Play: New Crimea Prison Overcrowding Simulation
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1988
AuthorsPodziba, S, Susskind, L
Keywordsagreement, alliance, alliances, bargaining, BATNA, best alternative to a negotiated agreement, coalition, consensus, consensus building, hard bargaining, interests, negotiate, negotiated agreement, negotiation, negotiations, PON

Eight-party, multi-issue negotiation among prison administrators, government leaders, criminal justice advocates, and prisoners' rights advocates to develop recommendations for a comprehensive state policy to alleviate prison overcrowding.

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The state of New Crimea has an average daily prison population of 13,000, with the prison system currently operating at a 122% capacity. A federal judge recently ruled that such conditions violate inmates’ constitutional rights, and ordered a 13% reduction of the inmate population within six months. Following this ruling, the governor of New Crimea organized a Prison Overcrowding Policy Commission, whose responsibility it is to develop policy recommendations that will alleviate the system-wide overcrowding. The legislature will then consider the Commission’s proposals. Should the Commission fail to reach an agreement, the Department of Corrections will be forced to begin releasing inmates.