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NCJ Number: 50354 Find in a Library
Title: PAROLE
Author(s): W H WILLSON
Corporate Author: National Public Affairs Ctr for Television
United States of America
Editor(s): V GOLDSCHMEIDT
Date Published: 1974
Sponsoring Agency: National Public Affairs Ctr for Television
Washington, DC 20024
Public Television Library
Washington, DC 20024
Sale Source: Public Television Library
475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20024
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS VIDEOTAPE DOCUMENTS THE INMATE'S VIEW OF PRISON PAROLE PROCEDURES AND OF LIFE AT THE WASHINGTON STATE PENITENTIARY.
Abstract: INTERVIEWS WITH PRISONERS REVEAL THE STRESSES OF PRISON LIFE. SEVERAL PRISONERS MENTION THAT SOME INMATES CLAIM OWNERSHIP OF CELLS AND CHARGE RENT TO OTHER INMATES ASSIGNED TO THESE CELLS. PRISON VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS HAVE HAD LITTLE SUCCESS BECAUSE INMATES SERVING LONG SENTENCES SEE LITTLE VALUE IN PARTICIPATING IN THEM, WHILE INMATES SERVING SHORT SENTENCES ARE UNABLE TO COMPLETE SUCH PROGRAMS AND TO FULLY BENEFIT FROM THEM. MANY PRISONERS BELIEVE THAT ALTERNATIVES TO INSTITUTIONALIZATION SHOULD BE DEVELOPED TO REHABILITATE CRIMINALS. A MAJOR CONCERN OF PRISONERS IS PAROLE. IN GENERAL, INMATES LACK INFORMATION AND UNDERSTANDING CONCERNING THE PAROLE PROCESS. SEVERAL PAROLE BOARD MEMBERS EXPLAIN HOW THEIR PROCESS WORKS. INMATES FEEL THAT HAVING ACCESS TO THEIR FILES WOULD HELP THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE BASIS UPON WHICH PAROLE BOARDS MAKE THEIR DECISIONS. AFTER BEING GRANTED PAROLE, INMATES RECEIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING TO FACILITATE THEIR READJUSTMENT TO SOCIETY. IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, PAROLE BOARD INTERVIEWS WITH EACH INMATE ARE PART OF THE PAROLE DECISIONMAKING PROCESS. PAROLE BOARD MEMBERS CLAIM THAT AN INMATE'S READINESS TO FUNCTION IN SOCIETY IS THEIR MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION IN EVALUATING HER OR HIM FOR PAROLE. (BAC)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Correctional institutions (adult); Inmate attitudes; Inmates; Parole; Parole board discretion; Parole hearing; Videotapes; Washington
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