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NCJ Number: 67107 Find in a Library
Title: VOLUNTEERS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Journal: PROBATION OFFICER  Volume:14  Issue:4  Dated:(SEPTEMBER 1978)  Pages:21-27
Author(s): P MOUNTAIN
Corporate Author: Probation Officers' Assoc of Victoria
Australia
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Probation Officers' Assoc of Victoria
Melbourne, 3001, Australia
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AMERICAN AND AUSTRALIAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE VOLUNTEERS ARE DISCUSSED, AND TWO AMERICAN VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS ARE PRESENTED BY AN AUSTRALIAN HONORARY PROBATION OFFICER.
Abstract: WHEREAS AUSTRALIAN VOLUNTEERS STILL DONATE THEIR TIME UNSELFISHLY, CRIMINAL JUSTICE VOLUNTEERING HAS BECOME A BIG BUSINESS AND AN ACCEPTED APPROACH TO A PAID JOB IN AMERICA. SUPPORTED BY SUBSTANTIAL GOVERNMENT GRANTS, AMERICAN VOLUNTEER SERVICES OFFER THEIR VOLUNTEERS WORKER'S COMPENSATION, 'LIABILITY OF VOLUNTEER' COVERAGE, TAX DEDUCTIONS, INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR HEALTH AND DEATH, AND MOTOR VEHICLE LIABILITY INSURANCE. VOLUNTEERS FROM VICTORIA (AUSTRALIA), ON THE OTHER HAND, ARE ELIGIBLE FOR RECOGNITION AWARDS, GOLD BADGES, 'VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH OR YEAR AWARD,' AND A BIRTHDAY CARD SIGNED BY THE CHIEF OF JUSTICE. TWO EXAMPLES EXIST OF TIMELY AMERICAN VOLUNTEER SERVICES. THE NATIONAL OFFENDER SERVICES CONTACT CENTER IN NEBRASKA PROVIDES HUMAN SERVICES (CRISIS SUPPORT, EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE), INFORMATION (E.G., A REFERENCE LIBRARY ON THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE VOLUNTEER SYSTEM) AND COMMUNICATION (MONTHLY NEWSLETTER) TO OFFENDERS. THE CANADIAN VICTIM-OFFENDER RECONCILIATION PROGRAM (VORP) ARRANGES AND SUPERVISES DIRECT MEETINGS BETWEEN OFFENDERS AND VICTIMS AFTER RESTITUTION HAD BEEN MADE. ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF HAVING VOLUNTEERS WORK IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS THAT THEY ARE MORE KEENLY AWARE OF SOCIAL DEFICIENCIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND SHOW GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF OFFENDERS WHOM THEY ACCEPT AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. THE ARTICLE CONTAINS NO REFERENCES. (SAJ)
Index Term(s): Australia; North America; Volunteer programs; Volunteers
Note: PAPER PRESENTED AT A SEMINAR AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF CRIMINOLOGY FOR VOLUNTEERS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
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