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NCJ Number: 119087 Find in a Library
Title: Future of Prisons: A View From Hong Kong (From Current International Trends in Corrections, P 69-76, 1988, David Biles, ed. -- See NCJ-119079)
Author(s): C Wa-Shek
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 8
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: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: By combining a rigorous, paramilitary routine with educational and rehabilitative opportunities, Hong Kong has used its prison system to produce a low rate of recidivism (75 percent not reconvicted after 2 years of release in 1981 and 1984).
Abstract: In humanizing its penal regime, Hong Kong has been careful not to compromise control and discipline. All programs for adults and juveniles are built on firm discipline, regular living schedule, hard work, and a certain amount of regimentation, designed to produce a stable routine in which inmates are safe from each other. For the future Hong Kong has established a psychological services unit (1976); and 2 years ago, the prison system refined its categorization of "lifers." This same process is being applied to robbers and young offenders. A small number of counseling groups have been instituted, run by officers with proper training in group work. There has been some experimentation with behavioral adjustment units and a small-scale behavioral modification system using points. A primary deficit in Hong Kong's penal system is the lack of an aftercare program following prison release. 18 references.
Main Term(s): Incarceration
Index Term(s): Correctional Personnel Training; Hong Kong; Inmate Programs
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