ERIC Number: ED032408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Volunteers Look at Corrections.
Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
A randomly selected sample of 541 volunteers representing the various kinds of corrections agencies were interviewed to determine attitudes toward the correctional system. The major sections of the report represent the four substantive areas examined: (1) Who are the Volunteers?, (2) Why Are They Volunteers, (3) Volunteer Work in the Correctional Agency, and (4) Attitudes Toward Volunteer Work in the Correctional Agency. Some highlights were: (1) Volunteers were younger and better educated than the general adult public, (2) About half of the volunteers were women, but Negroes were underrepresented, (3) Volunteers offered their services (in order of decreasing importance) because of a desire to help others, a recognition of need and a sense of obligation to serve, and anticipated personal benefits, (4) Volunteers emphasized the relationship of social conditions to crime and delinquency, (5) There was indication of overconfidence and insensitivity to the inherent problems of corrections situations, (6) There was evidence of passivity on the part of corrections agencies in terms of recruiting, screening, and training, (7) Field agencies and adult institutions have the highest volunteer participation, and (8) nine in ten volunteers rate cooperation between themselves and the professional staff as "usually good". (JK)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Community Services, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Individual Characteristics, National Surveys, Opinions, Volunteers
Joint Commission on Correctional Manpower and Training, 1522 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 ($1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joint Commission on Correctional Manpower and Training, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.