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Policies and Resolutions.

Member Input Sought on New Policies

Editor's Note: The following proposed policies were approved for entry into the policy development process: Community Service, which was a resolution, and Inmate/Juvenile Offender Access to Telephones. They are printed below for member input. Comments should be addressed to. James Turpin, Legislative Liaison, American Correctional Association, 4380 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706; fax (301) 918-1886; e-mail:jamest@aca.org

Public Correctional Policy on Community Service

Introduction:

Establishing a sense of community is an important part of the rehabilitation process of offenders. Whether within an institution, or as part of community corrections, it is beneficial to promote community service for offenders to assist their re-entry into society.

Policy Statement:

While promoting community service, justice systems and institutions must consider factors that contribute to the success of the effort -- for the offender and the public. These factors must include:

A. Protecting public safety;

B. Integrating the offender into the community;

C. Gaining public support for programs and promoting acceptance of offenders;

D. Enhancing the self-esteem of offenders by using their time, talents and skills to benefit themselves and others;

E. Providing value to government, the community and nonprofit organizations;

F. Teaching valuable, transferable skills to offenders;

G. Contributing to principles of restorative justice; and

H. Restoring public confidence in offenders as well as the justice system.

The American Correctional Association supports community service for offenders and urges its use as consistent with correctional management principles and public safety objectives.

Public Correctional Policy on Inmate/Juvenile Offender Access to Telephones

Policy Statement:

Recognizing that there is no constitutional right for inmates/juvenile offenders to have access to telephones, nonetheless consistent with the requirements of sound correctional management, inmates/juvenile offenders should have access to a range of reasonably priced telecommunications services. Correctional agencies should ensure that:

A. Contracts involving telecommunications services for inmates/juvenile offenders comply with all applicable state and federal regulations;

B. Contracts are based on rates and surcharges that are commensurate with those charged to the general public for like services. Any deviation from ordinary consumer rates should reflect actual costs associated with the provision of services in a correctional setting; and

C. Contracts for inmate/juvenile offender telecommunications services provide the broadest range of calling options determined to be consistent with the requirements of sound correctional management.

New Resolution Adopted

Editor's Note: The following resolution was adopted: United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Offenders. The resolution on International Transfer of Prisoners and Those on Conditional Release was recommended for continuation.

Resolution on United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Offenders

WHEREAS, the American Correctional Association (ACA) vision statement reflecting the 1870 Declaration of Principles requires that we shape the future of corrections through strong leadership that brings together various voices and forges coalitions and partnerships to promote a principle-centered criminal and juvenile justice system; and

WHEREAS, the American Correctional Association is a recognized authority in establishing standards and accreditation of adult and juvenile corrections; and

WHEREAS, the American Correctional Association has a heritage of supporting initiatives for safe, effective and efficient programs for offenders that enhance human dignity;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the American Correctional Association recognizes the contributions of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules to the universal development of more humane, effective correctional systems, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the American Correctional Association indicates a willingness to work in cooperation with the United Nations, the ACA Standards Committee, the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and the International Relations Committee by establishing a special short-term assignment group, composed of representatives of these groups, to determine the cooperative means required to attain the optimum benefits of both the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules and the American Correctional Association standards.

Amended and Approved Policies

The existing Public Correctional Policies on Female Offender Services, Private Sector Involvement in Corrections and Religious Faith and Practice were reviewed, amended and approved for continuation. The Public Correctional Policy on Higher Education was reviewed and approved for continuation without change. In addition, the Public Correctional Policy on Fiscal Responsibility for Correctional Legislation, which previously was printed in the April issue of Corrections Today for member input, received final approval in San Antonio.
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Title Annotation:Rehabilitation of juvenile offenders
Publication:Corrections Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2000
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