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NCJ Number: 77517 Find in a Library
Title: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - Volunteers in Criminal Justice - A Volunteer's View
Journal: Australian Crime Prevention Council Forum  Volume:3  Issue:1  Dated:(1980)  Pages:3-5,7,9-11,13,15,17,19,21
Author(s): P A M Mountain
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This Australian paper reports on volunteer probation programs and other uses of volunteers in criminal justice programs in Hawaii, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Ontario, Canada.
Abstract: The programs were visited by a volunteer from Victoria, Australia, to glean suggestions for improving the volunteer probation officers program existing in that area. Observations are made about each of the programs visited, including volunteer court programs in Hawaii, the National Information Center on Volunteerism in Colorado, and the volunteer probation counselor program in Nebraska. Suggestions for the volunteer program in Australia include having a specified time commitment from the volunteers, starting an information bureau on volunteer programs operating in Australia, and holding juveniles in detention only for a short time before they are brought before the court. One action that should be implemented immediately is abridged predisposition reporting in order to facilitate the sentencing process. In addition, the report suggests that the government should set up a task force to investigate the role of the private sector in criminal justice.
Index Term(s): Australia; Colorado; Hawaii; Minnesota; Nebraska; Probation or parole services; Probation/parole volunteers; Volunteer programs
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