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NCJ Number: 69025 Find in a Library
Title: ROLE OF THE PROBATION SERVICE (FROM PRESSURES AND CHANGES IN THE PROBATION SERVICE, P 181-205, 1979, BY JOAN F S KING - SEE NCJ-69015)
Author(s): J TIBBITS
Corporate Author: University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: University of Cambridge
Cambridge, CB3 9DT, England
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A DEFINITION OF THE BRITISH PROBATION SERVICE'S ROLE MUST BE FIRM ENOUGH TO ENABLE IT TO ACCEPT NEW TASKS WHILE REMAINING DISCRIMINATING ENOUGH TO ACCEPT ONLY THOSE NEW TASKS WHICH IT CAN TRULY ASSIMILATE.
Abstract: THE SERVICE'S ROLE SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED ENOUGH TO EARN THE RESPECT OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND SO PREVENT OVERBURDENING OR FRAGMENTATION BY FREQUENT ADDITION OF UNASSIMILATED TASKS ON A BIAS OF MERE EXPEDIENCY. YET THE SERVICE MUST BE FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO RESPOND TO CONTEMPORARY NEEDS, THOUGH WITHOUT BEING SUBSERVIENT TO POLITICAL PRESSURE. DURING THE SIXTIES THE SERVICE UNDERWENT GREAT CHANGES, WITH LITTLE TIME TO ASSIMILATE THEM. FROM A LARGELY SINGLE-PURPOSE SERVICE IT BECAME ONE WITH A MULTIPLICITY OF TASKS, WITH A RESULTANT NEED FOR INTERNAL SPECIALIZATION. THE SEVENTIES WERE CHARACTERIZED BY ANOTHER DEBATE, THIS ONE ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL RESPECTABILITY OF CONTROL IN SOCIAL WORK. IF THE SERVICE COULD ACCEPT THE SIMPLE AFFIRMATION THAT ITS ROLE IS CURRENTLY (1979) THREE-FOLD, MANY SELF-DEFEATING ARGUMENTS WOULD CEASE. FIRST, THE SERVICE IS TO PROVIDE A WHOLE SYSTEM OF NONCUSTODIAL SENTENCES; THIS MULTIDISCIPLINARY SERVICE WOULD EMBRACE SOCIAL WORKERS, ANCILLARY STAFF, AND PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED MEMBERS FROM OTHER DISCIPLINES. SECOND, THE SERVICE IS TO PROVIDE THROUGH-CARE FOR OFFENDERS IN INSTITUTIONS AND FOR THEIR FAMILIES, MAINTAINING THE PRESENCE OF SOCIAL WORKERS IN INSTITUTIONS. THIRD, SOCIAL SERVICE SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO THE DIVORCE AND DOMESTIC COURTS. APPROXIMATELY 25 REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Probation or parole decisionmaking; Probation or parole services
Note: NCJ-69025 AVAILABLE ON MICROFICHE FROM NCJRS UNDER NCJ-69015
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