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NCJ Number: 68447 Find in a Library
Title: PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF ASSISTANCE TO CONVICTED OFFENDERS
Author(s): S KOSUBEK
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 164
Sale Source: Postfach 809 D-7000
Ernst Kleh-Cotta Verlag
Rotebuhlstr 77
Stuttgart 1,
West Germany (Former)
Language: German
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: GUIDELINES FOR PROVIDING RESOCIALIZATION ASSISTANCE TO CONVICTED OFFENDERS DURING AND AFTER IMPRISONMENT ARE PRESENTED FOR USE BY WEST GERMAN SOCIAL WORKERS.
Abstract: PRACTICAL AND MATERIAL ASSISTANCE TO PRISONERS REENTERING SOCIETY IS VIEWED AS AN EFFECTIVE MEANS OF PREVENTING RECIDIVISM; THE VALUE OF RESIDENTIAL GROUPS FOR REINTEGRATION IS EMPHASIZED. EXAMPLES ILLUSTRATE THE CRIMINALIZING AND STIGMATIZING EFFECTS - ON OFFENDERS FIRST, OF UNFAVORABLE ENVIRONMENTS AND THEN, OF IMPRISONMENT. CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR IS ATTRIBUTED TO DESOCIALIZATION AND AN UNDERDEVELOPED SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY OR TO LACKING RECOGNITION OF SOCIETY'S RULES. POLICE, THE COURTS, AND THE JUVENILE OFFICE HAVE A NEGATIVE PERCEPTION OF DELINQUENTS AND TREAT THEM ACCORDINGLY. IMPRISONMENT IS CHARACTERIZED BY ISOLATION, MONOTONY, EXAGGERATED DISCIPLINE, UNCHALLENGING WORK, A LACK OF LEISURE ACTIVITIES, A SHORTAGE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION OPTIONS, AND INSUFFICIENT PREPARATION FOR RELEASE. AS EXAMPLES SHOW, FINDING LIVING ACCOMODATIONS, WORK, FINANCIAL MEANS, AND FUNDS TO PAY OFF DEBTS IS PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT FOR EX-OFFENDERS; CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS AND CHURCH GROUPS ARE PRACTICALLY THE ONLY SOURCES OF RELIABLE AID, ALTHOUGH CERTAIN FEDERAL AGENCIES, WHICH ARE LISTED, PROVIDE SOME SUPPORT. AS NEGATIVE ATTITUDES OF THE GENERAL POPULATION BEAR DIRECTLY ON RECIDIVISM, AID TO EX-CONVICTS BY PRIVATE CITIZENS IS DESIRABLE. THE RESIDENTIAL GROUP IS ADVOCATED AS A MEANS OF RESOCIALIZATION BECAUSE IT PROVIDES RELEASEES WITH SUPPORT IN FACING THE UNACCUSTOMED EVERYDAY PROBLEMS OF THE REAL WORLD AND WITH CONTACTS TO VARIOUS SOCIAL GROUPS. MODEL RESOCIALIZATION PROGRAMS ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL ARE DESCRIBED: THE HENRI VAN DER HOEVEN CLINIC IN UTRECHT (HOLLAND), THE FORVARINGSANSTALT IN HERSTEDVESTER IN HELLERUP (DENMARK), AND THE SAXERRIET PRISON IN SALEZ (SWITZERLAND). A LIST OF TIPS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS ENGAGED IN PRISONER ASSISTANCE, A BIBLIOGRAPHY, TABLES, AND APPENDIXES CONTAINING ADDRESSES OF RESOCIALIZATION GROUPS AND SAMPLE LETTERS WRITTEN ON BEHALF OF PRISONERS ARE FURNISHED. --IN GERMAN.
Index Term(s): Ex-offenders; Germany; Halfway houses; Post-release programs; Rehabilitation; Social reintegration; Social workers
Note: CONCEPTS OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES - MODELS FOR IMPLEMENTATION
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