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NCJ Number: 77956 Find in a Library
Title: Therefore as a Stranger
Corporate Author: Washington Dept of Institutions
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: Washington Dept of Institutions
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Shot in Seattle, Wash., this film shows various aspects of the Community Resources Development Institute's 5-day training program for parole agents and other correctional personnel.
Abstract: The many training methods combined in the film are discussed and evidenced through filmed accounts of daily occurrences. Since the ultimate aim of parole agents is to restore offenders to full participation in society, the agents must understand the conditions surrounding offenders released on parole. As the film demonstrates, the program is designed with this aim. Trainees (the parole agents and other correctional personnel in the program) listen to discussion of issues concerning minority groups, spend time in the homes of poor minority citizens, listen to lectures on sociological issues, and participate in role playing. In role playing, the trainees are sent out into the community with little money and meager resources, just as parolees are, to find a job and encounter the obstacles that parolees experience. In this way, the parole agents and other trainees begin to understand the difficulties of social reintegration. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Films; Probation or parole officers; Staff development training
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