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NCJ Number: 40449 Find in a Library
Title: VOLUNTEERS IN FOUR PROVINCIAL ADULT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS - SERVICES PROVIDED AND PERCEPTIONS OF INMATES AND STAFF
Journal: CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY AND CORRECTIONS  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1977)  Pages:67-79
Author(s): J M GANDY
Corporate Author: Canadian Criminal Justice Assoc
Canada
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Criminal Justice Assoc
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4X9
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: THE RESULTS OF A 1976 SURVEY RESEARCH STUDY ON THE CORRECTIONAL VOLUNTEER AND THE NATURE OF HIS WORK IN CANADIAN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS ARE REPORTED.
Abstract: THE FOUR INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED IN THE STUDY WERE A MEDIUM SECURITY INSTITUTION FOR MALE FIRST OFFENDERS, A MEDIUM SECURITY INSTITUTION FOR MALE RECIDIVISTS, A MEDIUM SECURITY INSTITUTION FOR WOMEN, AND A JAIL THAT IS PRIMARILY A HOLDING UNIT FOR MALE AND FEMALE ADULT PRISONERS. A TOTAL OF 123 VOLUNTEERS WERE INTERVIEWED AS TO THEIR REASONS FOR VOLUNTEERING, THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDED, THEIR PERCEPTIONS OF THE PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM AND THE ROLE OF THE VOLUNTEER, THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH INMATES AND STAFF, AND VOLUNTEER SATISFACTION WITH THEIR WORK. THE VOLUNTEERS WERE A RELATIVELY HOMOGENEOUS GROUP WITH RESPECT TO EDUCATION AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS AND CAME FROM FAMILIES WITH A TRADITION OF VOLUNTEERING IN A VARIETY OF COMMUNITY SERVICES. THE VOLUNTEER'S NEED OR INTEREST AND OUTSIDE INFLUENCE FROM ANOTHER PERSON OR ORGANIZATION WAS CITED AS THE MOST IMPORTANT REASONS MOTIVATING VOLUNTEERS. MOST VOLUNTEERS WERE INVOLVED IN SUPPORT/FRIENDSHIP (AS OPPOSED TO TASK ORIENTED) ACTIVITIES, WITH LESS THAN HALF OF THOSE WITH SPECIAL SKILLS ACTUALLY UTILIZING THEM IN THEIR WORK WITH INMATES. LIMITED CONTACT AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF HAD LITTLE EFFECT ON THE VOLUNTEERS' EXPRESSED POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS. AS A GROUP, VOLUNTEERS EXPRESSED 63 PERCENT SATISFACTION WITH THEIR WORK IN THE INSTITUTIONS. RESEARCHERS SUGGEST THAT A MORE REPRESENTATIVE CROSS-SECTION OF CORRECTIONAL VOLUNTEERS BE RECRUITED, THAT MORE ATTENTION BE GIVEN TO USING VOLUNTEERS' SPECIAL SKILLS, AND THAT INMATE AND STAFF FEEDBACK BE MADE A PART OF ANY NEW VOLUNTEERS IN CORRECTIONS PROGRAM. REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED....ELW
Index Term(s): Attitudes; Canada; Correctional institutions (adult); Role perception; Surveys; Volunteer programs; Volunteers; Work attitudes
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