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NCJ Number: 94445 Find in a Library
Title: Correctional System and Performance, Workshop 2, Summary of the Rapporteur (From Report for 1982 and Resource Material Series Number 23, P 113-120, 1983 - See NCJ-94439)
Author(s): M S Mehmood
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 12
Document: PDF
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Nations
Annotation: This workshop featured six papers on correctional systems in Pakistan, Malaysia, Fiji, Chile, and Japan. Topics explored included overcrowding, community corrections, and staff training.
Abstract: The speaker from Pakistan commented that conditions were not favorable for launching a modern community-based treatment program. Existing efforts -- Prisoners Aid Societies and Non-Official Visitors -- in his opinion were not effective due to inadequate community interest. The presenter from Malaysia focused on its severe overcrowding problems. Solutions involved more construction and the introduction of alternatives to imprisonment, since trials were speedy and conviction rates high. An analysis of Fiji's Progressive Stage System, a complex system whereby prisoners advance to more favorable treatment depending on their conduct and industry, concluded that is was difficult to administer and failed to motivate prisoners. After listening to an overview of Chile's prison system, participants identified two major problems: overcrowding and nonsegregation of prisoners. Another paper described Japan's recruitment and training efforts for correctional personnel, citing the rapid growth of yough staff and sharp decreases in more experienced and older staff as a problem. The absence of an overcrowding problem in Japan as attributed to the very small number of unconvicted prisoners.
Index Term(s): Chile; Corrections in foreign countries; Fiji Islands; Foreign correctional facilities; France; Malaysia; Pakistan; Prison overcrowding
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