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Copyright (c) 1996 La Verne Law Review, Inc. 
Journal of Juvenile Law

NOTE AND COMMENT: Volunteers in Parole: Efforts Within the Legal Community to Stop the Revolving Door to Institutionalization of Juvenile Offenders

1996

17 J. Juv. L. 131

Author

Robert A. Vernoff

Excerpt

OVERVIEW

Re-entry and assimilation of recently incarcerated paroled juveniles into their communities is an ongoing problem of both local and national concern. It has been said that most people stay out of trouble most of the time because they are bonded to the conventional norms of society through their relationships with various entities and people. 1 The basic goal of Volunteers in Parole (VIP) is enlisting attorneys (and, recently, law students in a pilot program) to work one-on-one with California Youth Authority (CYA) parolees by helping them reenter and integrate into the community successfully. 2

In a study conducted in 1983, one hundred eighty-three attorneys who were active participants in VIP were polled via questionaire to ascertain whether one-to-one matches between attorneys and Youth Authority parolees were of significant benefit to reassimilation of the parolee into the community. 3

The volunteer attorneys were asked to assess their levels of awareness of problems which must be confronted by the parolee. They related their experiences as VIP volunteers focusing on any increase of their knowledge and involvement in the Criminal Justice System, in relation to the length of time they were employed as a volunteer. The response throughout the questionaire showed participation in the VIP program markedly increased attorneys' awareness of the problems parolees confront when reentering the community. More than half of those attorneys polled felt that they had changed their thoughts about the correctional system and at the same time increased their knowledge and involvement. 4

Overwhelmingly, ...
 
 
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