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Title: Community Service Restitution - Policies and Procedures Manual
Corporate Author: Community Service Restitution Program
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 65
Sponsoring Agency: Brookline Chamber of Commerce
Brookline, MA 02168
Community Service Restitution Program
Brookline, MA 02146
Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation
Boston, MA 02111
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Northeastern University

US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual describes the Community Service Restitution (CSR) Program of Brookline, Mass. and provides a comprehensive outline of operating procedures which are applicable to other programs.
Abstract: The manual is intended to help in the establishment of new programs and the strengthening of existing programs. CSR became fully operational in November 1979. The 9-member staff serves 26 communities in the area and has made significant strides in attaining program goals. The primary goal was to place approximately 1,200 offenders, primarily young adult misdemeanants, in community environments during the 14 months of the project. Of the 1,200 offenders, 900 are expected to complete all assigned hours. The 75 percent successful completion rate indicates that $144,000 in service will be returned to the community. The majority of CSR goals focus on the community as the immediate beneficiary. Additional objectives are to establish a positive line of communication and understanding between the community and the criminal justice system and to improve services within the system. Community acceptance is essential to the success of any restitution program. To ensure that information reaches as many people as possible, extensive use of the media is recommended. The target population with which most programs work consists of adult offenders, both male and female, age 17 and older. Appropriateness for CSR placement is determined by the nature of the offense, the prior record and background of the offender, the extent of the victim's injury, and the offensiveness of the case. Community service restitution may be used in any of the following stages of the criminal justice system: pretrial, postconviction, and postcommitment. The manual also addresses support services, placement, monitoring, CSR job descriptions, and management tools. Sample forms are included.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community service order; Community-based corrections (adult); Community-based corrections (juvenile); Massachusetts; Procedure manuals; Programs; Restitution; Restitution programs; Young adult offenders
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