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NCJ Number: 68531 Find in a Library
Title: REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE ADVISORY COUNCIL OF THE PLOETZENSEE JUVENILE CORRECTIONS FACILITY - APRIL 1977 TO APRIL 1979
Journal: KRIMINOLOGISCHES JOURNAL  Volume:11  Issue:4  Dated:(1979)  Pages:296-305
Author(s): M FELIX; W HERRLINGER; T VONLINDHEIM; I MANDRELLA; G OPITZ
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 10
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: German
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: LAWS ORDERING FORMATION OF ADVISORY BODIES TO WEST GERMANY'S PLOETZENSEE JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES AS WELL AS THE ACTIVITIES AND DIFFICULTIES OF THE PLOETZENSEE ADVISORY COUNCIL ARE SUMMARIZED.
Abstract: THE INTENTION OF THE LAWS IS TO IMPROVE CORRECTIONS FACILITY RELATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE. ACTIVITIES OF THE PLOETZENSEE COUNCIL INCLUDED MEETINGS, PARTICIPATION IN FACILITY GROUP LEADER CONFERENCES, PRODUCTION OF AN INFORMATION LEAFLET FOR INMATES, INFORMATION VISITS TO LIVING GROUPS AND TO DRUG AND TUBERCULOSIS WARDS, INDIVIDUAL CONVERSATIONS WITH INMATES, AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE GOVERNMENT. PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY THE COUNCIL RELATE TO GENERAL PRISON CONDITIONS AND INMATE DISILLUSIONMENT WHEN THE PRISON MANAGEMENT REFUSED TO COOPERATE WITH THE LEGAL ORDER TO INVOLVE INMATES IN INSTITUTIONAL DECISIONS. INMATE GRIEVANCES INCLUDED OVERCROWDING, HEAVY WORK LOADS FOR DRUG-WARD PSYCHOLOGISTS, FACILITY DESIGN SHORTCOMINGS (E.G., A GYM WHICH IS UNUSABLE IN WINTER), INADEQUACY OF MEDICAL CARE, CURTAILMENT OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS, AND LACK OF FACILITIES FOR LEISURE ACTIVITIES. ASSESSMENT OF THE COUNCIL'S 2 YEARS OF WORK SUGGESTS THAT ITS FUNCTIONS WERE UNCLEAR AND CONTRADICTORY, THAT THE COUNCIL RECEIVED NO SUPPORT FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OR THE PRISON ADMINISTRATION, AND THAT THE IMPOSSIBLE WAS EXPECTED OF COUNCIL MEMBERS. ONLY THE PRISONERS SOUGHT CONTACT WITH THE COUNCIL; GUARDS NEVER DID SO. AS A CONSEQUENCE, FOUR OF FIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS HAVE RESIGNED AND THE COUNCIL IS NO LONGER FUNCTIONAL. --IN GERMAN.
Index Term(s): Citizen advisory committees; Correctional institutions (juvenile); Correctional reform; Corrections management; Failure factors; Germany; Laws and Statutes; Program evaluation
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