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NCJ Number: 158771 Find in a Library
Title: Groups and Groupings in a Probation Hostel (From Groupwork With Offenders, P 93-109, 1993, Allan Brown and Brian Caddick, eds. - See NCJ-158762)
Author(s): C Sapsed
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Whiting and Birch
Forest Hill, London SE23 3HL, England
Sale Source: Whiting and Birch
P.O. Box 872
70 Dartmouth Road
Forest Hill, London SE23 3HL,
United Kingdom
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The author's experience with living and working in a probation and bail hostel in Bristol, England, forms the basis of this discussion of the hostel, its residents, and its program.
Abstract: Established 10 years ago, the hostel provides an alternative to a custodial sentence as well as a residential facility for people on bail. It aims to prepare residents to leave the hostel at the end of their period of residence in a planned and purposeful manner. The hostel consists of five houses with 19 beds for male probationers ages 21 and over, two bail beds for women, and eight beds for male bailees ages 17 and over. It has a staff of seven social work staff, one clerical worker, one cook/housekeeper, one assistant cook, and two part-time cleaners. Residents include long-term residents, including some bailees, and short-term residents. They are predominantly white and male. Because of control issues, the staff tends to present a united front to residents regarding activities and decisions. The group work includes an open induction group that focuses on six topics such as relationships and addiction and informal groupings at meals and at other times. The triple assumption of white, male, heterosexual superiority is sometimes problematic with respect to menu choices and other areas.
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Criminology; England; Foreign probation or parole services; Guided group interaction; Probation casework; Treatment/Therapeutic Community
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