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NCJ Number: 31039 Find in a Library
Title: OPERATION NEW CONCEPT - PRISON INMATES AS YOUTH AUTHORITY STAFF AIDES
Journal: FEDERAL PROBATION  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:(SEPTEMBER 1975)  Pages:47-50
Author(s): R B HEIM; I MARKS; H BABLES
Corporate Author: Administrative Office of the United States Courts
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Administrative Office of the United States Courts
Washington, DC 20544
Publisher: https://www.uscourts.gov 
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A DESCRIPTION OF THE DEVELOPMENT, OPERATIONS, AND RESULTS OF THIS PROGRAM WHICH UTILIZES INMATES OF THE CALIFORNIA INSTITUTION FOR MEN AS COUNSELORS OF YOUTH TRAINING SCHOOL WARDS.
Abstract: AN IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELD OF COUNSELING INVOLVES THE USE OF PEERS OR PERSONS WHO HAVE SHARED COMMON EXPERIENCES WITH THE PARTICULAR GROUP OF PEOPLE WITH WHOM THEY WILL WORK. THE NEW CONCEPT PROGRAM WAS IMPLEMENTED FOR JUST THIS PURPOSE: TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTIVELY-ORIENTED INMATES TO WORK WITH AND COUNSEL YOUTH AUTHORITY WARDS. IT WAS FELT THAT INMATE COUNSELORS COULD BE OF SIGNIFICANT VALUE SINCE THE WARDS WOULD NOT VIEW THEM AS 'THE ENEMY' AND SINCE THEY CAN OFFER FIRST HAND EXAMPLES THE RESULTS OF CONTINUED DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR. THE SELECTION CRITERIA FOR INMATE COUNSELORS AND ROLE OF THE COUNSELORS ARE OUTLINED. BENEFITS OF THE NEW CONCEPT PROGRAM FOR THE YOUTH AUTHORITY WARDS AND INMATE COUNSELORS ARE DESCRIBED. IT IS NOTED THAT THE COUNSELORS HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY USEFUL IN DEALING WITH AGGRESSIVE WARDS AND IN CALMING POTENTIAL PRISON DISTURBANCES. THE COUNSELORS THEMSELVES EXPERIENCE INCREASED SELF-ESTEEM AND INSIGHT INTO THEIR OWN BEHAVIOR.
Index Term(s): California; Correctional institutions (adult); Correctional institutions (juvenile); Counseling; Counselors; Inmate Programs; Inmates
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