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Title: Offender Aid and Restoration - Annual Report, 1980
Corporate Author: Offender Aid and Restoration, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Offender Aid and Restoration, Inc
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The nationwide activities of Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) during 1980 are reported.
Abstract: OAR is a community-based volunteer movement which aims to aid prisoners and ex-prisoners in the resocialization process and to improve the criminal justice system. Members in 25 affiliates in nine States serve as helpers and friends on a one-to-one basis. The organization's Work Empowerment Process guides the inmate or ex-inmate through an identification of job skills and training needs, through resume writing, interviewing for information, and networking for job openings. Members also go to court to advocate the release of pretrial detainees who have been accused of nonviolent crimes and are likely to return for court appearances. In addition, a victims' services component helps crime victims cope with trauma, make their way through the criminal justice system, and arrange for compensation. OAR also attempts to mediate in disputes to divert disputants away from the courts in both civil and criminal offenses. Town meetings are organized to inform the public that crime prevention and justice planning are community priorities. In three communities, community service restitution programs have been organized, and an Alternatives to Jail project seeks ways to hold defendants and prisoners accountable without resorting to jail or prison. Information on volunteer hours performed, activities of local affiliates, and finances is included. Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of affiliate directors, the advisory council, and the national staff is included. Photographs are also present.
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Community-based corrections (adult); Correctional reform; Ex-offender employment; Inmate Programs; Restitution programs
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