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NCJ Number: 118636 Find in a Library
Title: Winning the 'Not-in-my-Neighborhood' Game
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:51  Issue:4  Dated:(July 1989)  Pages:114-117
Author(s): A M Scillia
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the security, inmate selection, and programming strategies used by the Illinois Department of Corrections to counter the public's fear of community-based correctional centers.
Abstract: A security system that provides control, structure, and supervision for offenders in the community assures the public, minimizes risk to the community, and best meets offenders' needs. First, screening procedures eliminate high-risk offenders from community programs. Second, several procedures hold residents accountable for their whereabouts at all times. Some tactics used by Illinois included written requests and agreements for all movement outside the facility, weekly paycheck reviews, and strict and immediate enforcement of all rules. Another critical factor is resident involvement in work and school programs. Security issues specific to community corrections are discussed, such as random counts, telephone and personal verification of inmates on outside programs, and passes. Illinois' use of citizen advisory councils to facilitate the community's understanding and support is examined.
Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult)
Index Term(s): Corrections internal security; Illinois; Public Opinion of Corrections
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