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NCJ Number: 68997 Find in a Library
Title: PRISON REFORMER - PART TWO
Corporate Author: American Lutheran Church
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: American Lutheran Church
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Correctional Service of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Publication Number: CASSETTE 159
Sale Source: Correctional Service of Minnesota
1427 Washington Avenue, South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A FORMER SUPERINTENDENT OF THE ARKANSAS CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM DESCRIBES HIS CONCEPTS OF PRISON REFORM AND HIS ATTEMPT TO INSTITUTE THEM.
Abstract: THE MAIN PREMISE IS THAT INMATES ARE HUMAN BEINGS, AND, THEREFORE, THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR OWN DESTINIES BY SELECTING PROGRAMS IN WHICH THEY WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE AND BY BEING INVOLVED IN MEANINGFUL DECISIONMAKING. FURTHERMORE, SINCE THE DOMINANT CULTURE DEFINES OFFENDERS AS IRRESPONSIBLE, THE CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM MUST HELP THEM TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS BY GIVING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXERCISE RESPONSIBILITY. BEFORE THESE IDEAS COULD BE FULLY PUT INTO PRACTICE, THE CORRUPTION AND BRUTALITY IN THE ARKANSAS CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM HAD TO BE EXPOSED AND A CLIMATE ESTABLISHED THAT COULD TOLERATE CHANGE. IN THE PROCESS, HOWEVER, THE CORRUPT PUBLIC OFFICIALS WHO HAD BENEFITED FROM CHEAP OR FREE INMATE LABOR WERE ALIENATED, AND THE SPEAKER WAS FIRED. THE AUDIO CASSETTE TAPE WAS PREPARED FOR A RADIO SERIES AND IS INTENDED FOR A GENERAL AUDIENCE. NO SUPPORTING MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED. THE FIRST AND THIRD PARTS ARE AVAILABLE UNDER NCJ 68996 AND NCJ 68998.
Index Term(s): Arkansas; Correctional facilities; Correctional reform; Tape recordings
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. SEE NCJ-68996 FOR PART 1 AND NCJ-68998 FOR PART 3
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