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NCJ Number: 119086 Find in a Library
Title: Future of Prisons: An Australian View (From Current International Trends in Corrections, P 62-68, 1988, David Biles, ed. -- See NCJ-119079)
Author(s): J Dawes
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 7
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: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The prison of the future, from an Australian perspective, will be enhanced more by improved personnel selection and training than by upgrading of facilities.
Abstract: The need to protect society from violent and dangerous offenders for specified sentence lengths ensures that society will continue to require prisons in the future. The prison of the future should not be perceived as a place where offenders are sent for rehabilitation. Rather, the primary purpose of a prison should be the safe, humane containment of offenders who have committed serious crimes or for whom alternatives are inappropriate. The success of future prisons will depend upon the qualities and attitudes of those who staff them, notably correctional officers. Effective correctional officers are skilled in interpersonal relations and have the ability to obtain voluntary cooperation in maintaining control. Staff must be trained to implement institutional goals and avoid relating to inmates according to divergent personal philosophies. Such institutional goals include motivating inmates to participate in prison educational and training opportunities.
Main Term(s): Incarceration
Index Term(s): Australia; Correctional Personnel Training; Future trends
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