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NCJ Number: 228941 
Title: Mobilization of Community Resources and Successful Reintegration of Offenders (From Resource Material Series No. 74, P 100-108, January 2008, Grace Lord, ed. - See NCJ-228935)
Author(s): Kwok Leung-ming
Date Published: January 2008
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders
Tokyo, Japan
Sale Source: United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders
26-1 Harumi-Cho, Fuchu
Tokyo,
Japan
Publisher: http://www.unafei.or.jp 
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: Japan
Annotation: This paper explains the philosophy of the Hong Kong Correctional Services (HKCS) for facilitating the reintegration of offenders into the community, as well as the various HKCS initiatives for reducing crime, including the continuous improvement of rehabilitative services, involvement of the community, and mobilization of community resources.
Abstract: The HKCS recognizes that the goal of rehabilitative philosophy is to change an offender's character, attitudes, and abilities so as to diminish his/her criminal behavior. The HKCS "Vision, Mission, and Values" statement in 1996 was designed to strengthen the agency's commitment to the rehabilitation of offenders. They were subsequently updated by benchmarking with the best practices of other advanced correctional administrations. Recognizing the importance of community acceptance and support of the successful reintegration of rehabilitated offenders, HKCS established a Committee on Community Support for Rehabilitated Offenders in late 1999. The committee advises HKCS on rehabilitation programs as well as reintegration and publicity strategies. Whether rehabilitated offenders can successfully reintegrate into the community upon release from custody will depend on the wide acceptance, recognition, and support of community members in addition to offenders' determination to commit to a law-abiding life. By promoting community involvement, the HKCS has been able to reduce public myths of prisons, increase the transparency of service, improve public understanding of correctional work, and establish close partnerships with community organizations. 7 footnotes and 2 appendixes
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Corrections in foreign countries; Hong Kong; Reentry; Social reintegration
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