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NCJ Number: 119082 Find in a Library
Title: Ensuring Professional Standards in Corrections (From Current International Trends in Corrections, P 27-38, 1988, David Biles, ed. -- See NCJ-119079)
Author(s): H Rostad
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia
Sale Source: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
71 Johnson Street
P.O. Box 45
Annandale, NSW 2038,
Type: Guideline
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper discusses professional standards for prison staff and the operation of community-based corrections.
Abstract: The role of the prison staff has been linked to the development of inmate regimes. Although security is still a primary concern of the prison regime, an equal emphasis is given to the humane and rehabilitative management of inmates. This has implications for prison personnel. European Prison Rules and the Minimum Standard Guidelines for Corrections in Australia and New Zealand (both sets adopted in 1987) emphasize that prison personnel shall be appointed on a permanent basis with salaries adequate to attract and retain suitable persons. Both sets of rules mandate staff training, either upon recruitment or after an appropriate period of practical experience. Inservice training is also emphasized. Training for prison officers focuses on the development of officer attitudes and behaviors designed to provide humane and fair treatment of inmates. Regular inspections of institutions can contribute to the implementation of professional standards. Community-based corrections has seen the expansion of alternatives for managing offenders outside of prisons. Some countries, among them Australia and New Zealand, have established guidelines for the management of community-based correctional measures. The time is right for the detailed development of minimum standards for the management of offenders subjected to community-based sentences. 12 references.
Main Term(s): Corrections standards
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult); Correctional personnel; Professionalization
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