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NCJ Number: 63979 Find in a Library
Title: PROBATION AID FOR FOREIGNERS IN BERLIN (WEST GERMANY)
Journal: BEWAEHRUNGSHILFE  Volume:26  Issue:2  Dated:(1979)  Pages:126-132
Author(s): S KOSSERT
Corporate Author: Deutsche Bewahrungshilfe
Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 11b
West Germany (Former)
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 7
Type: Statistics
Format: Article
Language: German
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: THE NEED FOR SPECIAL PROBATION ASSISTANCE TO JUVENILE IMMIGRANTS IN THE GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC IS EXPLORED.
Abstract: STATISTICS INDICATE THAT CRIMES COMMITTED BY FOREIGNERS DOUBLED FROM 1974 TO 1978, THAT YOUNG FOREIGNERS RECEIVE LESS PROBATION ASSISTANCE THAN NATIVES, AND THAT CRIME RATES AMONG YOUNG FOREIGNERS ARE LIKELY TO RISE AS THE SECOND GENERATION OF IMMIGRANTS GROWS UP UNDEREDUCATED, UNTRAINED, AND WITHOUT SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE OF GERMAN. EXPERIENCE SUGGESTS THAT PROBATION PRACTICES ARE THE SAME FOR GERMAN AND FOREIGN PROBATIONERS. HOWEVER, PROBATION ASSISTANTS WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE PARTICULAR LANGUAGE REQUIRED FOR A FOREIGN PROBATIONER ARE DIFFICULT TO FIND. SPECIAL PROBATION ASSISTANTS RECEIVE A DOSSIER DESCRIBING STATUS AND SPECIAL PROBLEMS OF THE PROBATIONER; THEY ADD THEIR OWN RECORDS OF CONTACTS WITH THE PROBATIONERS. THESE PROBATION ASSISTANTS MAINTAIN REGULAR PERSONAL CONTACT WITH PROBATIONERS, WHILE THE CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER ADVISES ASSISTANTS IN METHODOLOGICAL, PROCEDURAL, AND LEGAL MATTERS AND ON PROBATIONERS' PROBLEMS. PARTICULAR DISADVANTAGES EXPERIENCED BY FOREIGN PROBATIONERS INCLUDE THE TENDENCY OF THE IMMIGRATION OFFICE TO USE PROBATIONERS' RECORDS AGAINST THEM REGARDLESS OF POSITIVE FINDINGS IN COURT DECISIONS, DELAYS IN DECISIONS OF THE IMMIGRATION OFFICE AT A POINT WHEN REHABILITATION HAS ALREADY PASSED SUCCESSFULLY THROUGH THE INITIAL STAGES, AND THE FREEZE ON WORK PERMITS FOR FOREIGNERS ESTABLISHED IN 1977. THE LARGE NUMBER OF PERMANENT IMMIGRANTS IN WEST GERMANY MAKES THE AVAILABILITY OF EQUAL SANCTIONS AND PROBATION ASSISTANCE FOR FOREIGNERS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. SEVERAL TABLES AND NOTES ARE FURNISHED. --IN GERMAN. (KMD)
Index Term(s): Crime Statistics; Cultural influences; Germany; Immigrants/Aliens; Interpreter Services; Juvenile probation; Minorities; Probation or parole officers; Probation or parole services
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