Imaginative Programming in Probation and Parole was first published in 1967. Here and there imaginative and progressive administrators in the corrections field are trying out new techniques in their probation and parole programs, techniques which represent departures from conventionally accepted methods. In this book Paul W. Keve, an authority on probation and parole, reports on a number of these innovative programs, citing examples from all parts of the country. The focus of the book is on field services rather than on services in penal institutions although, as the author points out, the clear line between the two is becoming blurred with the development of various residential programs that contain elements of both. Mr. Keve personally observed most of the programs he describes. He documents the account with actual cases in which only the names of the offenders are disguised. He discusses both casework and group work methods, and considers with equal concern the problems of juvenile and adult probationers and parolees. Along with the descriptions of the programs he provides thoughtful discussions of the basic principles involved. There are separate chapters on certain kinds of problems, such as narcotics addicts on probation or parole, and on some specific types of programs, such as halfway houses. The book will be helpful and challenging not only to probation and parole administrators and their staffs but also to judges, lawyers, social workers, and others concerned with various aspects of probation and parole.
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