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NCJ Number: 158228 Find in a Library
Title: Volunteers in the Criminal Justice System: A Comparative Study of Probation, Police, and Victim Support
Author(s): M L Gill; R I Mawby
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 154
Sponsoring Agency: Open University Press
Bristol, PA 19007
Publication Number: ISBN 0-335-15879-X
Sale Source: Open University Press
1900 Frost Road
Suite 101
Bristol, PA 19007
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book discusses the role of volunteers in various components of the British criminal justice system.
Abstract: The prefatory chapter discusses the history of community involvement in the post-World War II era, and introduces an international dimension by discussing research on community participation in the criminal justice systems of other countries. The authors distinguish between community involvement in an informal sense and voluntary work as a formalized basis for participation. Different types of voluntary organizations and volunteers are considered, and arguments for and against volunteerism are discussed. The bulk of the book discusses the role volunteers play in the British probation service, police (as special constables), and in victim services. The analyses focus on volunteer profiles, volunteers' choice of agencies and types of work, relationships between volunteers and professionals, and participation of volunteers in the agency subculture. 252 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Foreign correctional systems; Foreign police; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Police department volunteers; Probation/parole volunteers; Victim services; Victims in foreign countries; Volunteer programs
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