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NCJ Number: 64071 Find in a Library
Title: MARYLAND OFFICIALS LOOK ABROAD FOR NEW IDEAS
Journal: CORRECTIONS MAGAZINE  Volume:5  Issue:4  Dated:(DECEMBER 1979)  Pages:44-47
Author(s): S GETTINGER
Corporate Author: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
New York, NY 10017
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE REPORTS ON A TRIP TO EUROPE BY MARYLAND LEGISLATORS AND OFFICIALS ON WHICH CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES AND ALTERNATIVES TO PRISON WERE OBSERVED IN BRITAIN, THE NETHERLANDS, AND DENMARK.
Abstract: THE GROUP CONSISTED OF THREE LEGISLATORS, TWO CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS, AND AIDE TO THE GOVERNOR, AND THE CHIEF JUDGE OF THE STATE'S HIGHEST COURT. NOTEWORTHY OBSERVATIONS ON THE LONDON VISIT INCLUDED THE ROLE OF THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT WHICH RUNS MOST COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND OTHER ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION. THE GROUP VISITED A DAY TRAINING CENTER FOR PEOPLE ON PROBATION WHICH SEEMED REMARKABLE BECAUSE OF ITS RELATIVELY MODEST COST AND THE ENTHUSIASTIC ATTITUDES OF THE PROBATION OFFICERS. HOLLAND'S NEW HIGH RISE FACILITY FOR PRETRIAL DETAINEES WAS IMPRESSIVE BECAUSE OF ITS LUXURIOUS PHYSICAL FEATURES AND THE LIBERAL ATTITUDES OF ITS GUARDS, FOR WHOM INMATES' RIGHTS TO PRIVACY AND INDIVIDUALITY WERE A GREATER PRIORITY THAN SECURITY MEASURES. DENMARK HAD THE SAME POPULATION AS MARYLAND BUT ONLY A THIRD AS MANY PRISONERS. ONE DANISH FACILITY VISITED, WHILE NO LONGER GEARED TO OFFENDER REHABILITATION, NEVERTHELESS MAINTAINED A STAFF INCLUDING 8 PSYCHIATRISTS AND 3 PSYCHOLOGISTS TO A POPULATION OF 100 INMATES. A MINIMUM SECURITY FACILITY STOOD OUT BECAUSE OF ITS FAMILY VISITING ARRANGEMENTS PROVIDING BEDS AND LINEN IN PRIVATE VISITING ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR THREE 1 HOUR VISITS PER INMATE PER WEEK. BY CONTRAST, CONDITIONS IN CORRECTIONS INSTITUTIONS AT HOME SEEMED BLEAK AND HOPELESS. THE LEGISLATORS FELT THAT PUBLIC OPINION AND AVAILABLE RESOURCES ARE NOT CONDUCIVE TO THE LIBERAL INNOVATIONS VIEWED ABROAD. ILLUSTRATIONS ARE PROVIDED. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Correctional facilities; Correctional personnel; Correctional reform; Denmark; England; Maryland; Netherlands; Prisoner's rights; Probation or parole officers
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