ERIC Number: ED048568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-May
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The Volunteer in Washington State Adult Corrections.
Adams, Charles; And Others
A survey was made of the adult volunteers who are working in the Washington State rehabilitation program for offenders. A closed-end questionnaire was submitted to a sample of 220 volunteers to gather hard core data such as age, sex, marital status and also information on kind of work done, what their attitudes were toward the Washington correctional system, and why they were volunteers. Of the 124 respondents to the "Volunteer Poll," the majority (56%) were in the middle age group (35-49); 98% were white males; 92% Protestant; most had at least some college work, with many graduate degrees. They were largely professional salaried workers with incomes over $10,000. Most of the volunteers were working for altruistic reasons; they felt that reasons for criminal activities were lack of love and understanding, broken homes, and lack of moral guidance. Few had known much about corrections before volunteering and the screening they received was shown not to be uniform. The majority, working in institutions, were involved in sponsorship and visitation; those working in the community were involved in parole sponsorship and job placement. Most felt that the goal of corrections was rehabilitation and that their work was important toward this goal. (EB)
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Authoring Institution: Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington