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NCJ Number: 31472 Find in a Library
Title: CONFIDENTIALITY IN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Journal: CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY AND CORRECTIONS  Volume:18  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1976)  Pages:26-41
Author(s): C BOYLE
Corporate Author: Canadian Criminal Justice Assoc
Canada
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Criminal Justice Assoc
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4X9
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND REHABILITATIVE CONSIDERATIONS OF MAINTAINING THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONAL, MEDICAL, AND PSYCHIATRIC INFORMATION ON INMATES ARE DEBATED, AND GENERAL SAFEGUARDS FOR INFORMATION CONTROL ARE SUGGESTED.
Abstract: THE AUTHOR NOTES THAT A BASIC CONFLICT EXISTS BETWEEN THE CONTROLLING ASPECT OF IMPRISONMENT, REPRESENTED BY THE CUSTODIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF, AND THE REHABILITATIVE ASPECT, REPRESENTED BY PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT PERSONNEL. THIS CONFLICT IS ALSO REFLECTED IN THE HANDLING OF INMATE INFORMATION, SINCE CONFIDENTIALITY MAY BE VITAL TO REHABILITATION, BUT DETRIMENTAL TO ADMINISTRATION. THE DIFFERENT APPROACHES TAKEN WITH RESPECT TO CONFIDENTIALITY IN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS ARE OUTLINED; THESE RANGE FROM ABOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY TO COMPLETE DISCLOSURE OF ALL INFORMATION. PRACTICAL REASONS FOR PROVIDING CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION ARE REVIEWED. SUCH SPECIAL PROBLEMS OF CONFIDENTIALITY AS RELEASE OF INFORMATION TO RESEARCHERS, JUVENILE RECORDS, PROTECTION OF JUVENILES FROM PUBLICITY, KEEPING CERTAIN CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION FROM THE JUVENILE'S PARENTS, AND CONFIDENTIALITY OF GROUP THERAPY SESSIONS ARE ALSO DISCUSSED. IN GENERAL, THE AUTHOR RECOMMENDS THAT INFORMATION EXCHANGE ONLY OCCUR ON A HORIZONTAL LEVEL, BETWEEN PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE A LEGITIMATE NEED FOR THE INFORMATION. GUIDELINES ON THE PHYSICAL SECURITY OF SUCH RECORDS AND ON A GENERAL INFORMATION POLICY FOR CORRECTIONS ARE OFFERED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Correctional personnel; Corrections internal security; Inmates; Management; Privileged communications; Records management; Rehabilitation
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