skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 44126 Find in a Library
Title: VOLUNTARY COLLABORATION IN PROBATION WORK IN FRANKFURT AND IN CORRECTIONS IN HESSEN
Journal: BEWAEHRUNGSHILFE  Volume:24  Issue:3  Dated:(1977)  Pages:211-216
Author(s): H HAGEN
Corporate Author: Deutsche Bewahrungshilfe
Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 11b
West Germany (Former)
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 6
Format: Article
Language: German
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF VOLUNTEER WORK IN PROBATION AND IN CORRECTIONS IN FRANKFURT AND HESSIA, WESTERN GERMANY, AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS FIELD ARE DESCRIBED IN THIS REPORT.
Abstract: THE HIGH RATE OF RECIDIVISTS AMONG RELEASED OFFENDERS SHOWS THAT THE STATE ALONE CANNOT SUCCESSFULLY COPE WITH THIS PROBLEM AND NEEDS THE COLLABORATION OF CITIZENS. VOLUNTEERS ASSIST FULL-TIME SOCIAL WORKERS BY PROVIDING IMPORTANT PRIVATE CONTACTS FOR ISOLATED PRISONERS AND PROBATIONERS. THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE VOLUNTEER INCLUDE INDIVIDUAL CONTACTS WITH THE PRISONER BY MAIL OR VISITS DURING HIS IMPRISONMENT AND PRACTICAL HELP LIKE FINDING A JOB OR ACCOMODATIONS AFTER HIS RELEASE. DEPENDING ON THE VOLUNTEER'S ABILITY AND EXPERIENCE HE/SHE CAN LEAD DISCUSSION AND STUDY GROUPS, OR GROUPS ENGAGED IN SPORTS AND OTHER LEISURE ACTIVITIES. IN FRANKFURT, A LEISURE GROUP CALLED 'MEETINGPOINT' WAS FORMED BY CONCERNED CITIZENS WHO WANTED TO FACILITATE THE PRISONERS' RETURN INTO SOCIETY AFTER THEIR RELEASE. THE PERSONALITY OF A VOLUNTEER SHOULD INCLUDE FEATURES LIKE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STABILITY AS WELL AS PERSEVERANCE AND TOLERANCE, WHILE SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE IS NOT REQUIRED. NEW GUIDELINES FOR VOLUNTEER EMPLOYMENT IN HESSIA, CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING SPECIFICATIONS: (1) COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS, (2) CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT OF ALL CASES, (3) OBLIGATION TO REPORT SPECIAL PROBLEMS, (4) AGREEMENT TO BE SUPERVISED. THE COUNSELLING OFFICE FOR VOLUNTEER WORK IN PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS IN FRANKFURT HANDLES: (1) RECRUITING OF VOLUNTEERS, (2) PLANNING AND CARRYING OUT OF INTRODUCTORY COURSES, (3) COLLABORATION WITH INSTITUTIONS ASSISTING IN PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS, (4) ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE FOR VOLUNTEER WORKERS, (5) PREPARATION OF MEETINGS AND ARRANGEMENT OF WEEKEND SEMINARS FOR VOLUNTEERS, (6) ADMINISTRATION OF THE ORGANIZATION'S EARMARKED FUNDS, (7) DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATIVE LITERATURE. AS ONLY INDIVIDUAL CASES OFFER INSIGHT INTO THE POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITATIONS OF VOLUNTEER WORK, NO GENERAL CONCLUSIONS CAN BE DRAWN AT THIS POINT. HOWEVER, THE CHANCE FOR RELEASED OFFENDERS TO SUCCESSFULLY RETURN INTO SOCIETY INCREASES WITH THE GROWTH OF INTEREST AND PARTICIPATION BY THE PUBLIC. -GERMAN- (INL)
Index Term(s): Germany; Probation or parole subsidy; Volunteer programs
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=44126

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.