Auburn Correctional Facility Correctional Volunteer Services Office Files

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This series consists of records of the Coordinator of Volunteer Services, who worked with the Logan Jaycees and the Jaycees Prison Chapter in Auburn. Records include questionnaires of persons touring the facility; articles on prison volunteer programs nationwide; Logan Jaycees monthly newsletter; prison rules and procedures handbook; position papers by Logan Jaycees; list of discharged inmates; reports of statewide volunteer activities; applications to give music, theater, and dance performances for inmates; and inmate proposals to volunteer outside the facility.
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Administrative History

The Department's Correctional Volunteer Services Program originated as part of the Manpower Development Employee Relations Division of Administrative Services through a federal Law Enforcement Assistance Agency grant in 1971. The program was formally begun in January 1972.

Scope and Content Note

These are records of the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at Auburn. The Auburn coordinator worked with the Criminal Justice Committee of the Logan Jaycees, the Jaycees Prison Chapter in Auburn.

The records include: (1) questionnaries filled out by persons who had toured the facility (e.g., opinion of prison security, impression of inmates and staff speakers, if ideas of prison life were changed by visit, opinion of effect of prison on a person, how person would change institutional life, if plans to share the experience and ideas with others, if would like to visit again, if visit was interesting and informative, general comments); (2) printed articles and pamphlets on volunteer programs at various prisons throughout the country; (3) correspondence (e.g. among Jaycee officials regarding criminal justice seminars and other Jaycee activities, and among Jaycee officials, volunteer coordinator, and Department of Correctional Services officials regarding Jaycees' program in general and specific activities and goals); (4) issues of Smoke Signal, the monthly newsletter of the Logan Jaycees; (5) handbooks informing inmates of rules and procedures of the prison; (6) position papers written by Criminal Justice Committee of the Logan Jaycees supporting continuation of furlough and leave of absence programs; (7) list of discharged inmates; (8) narrative reports of volunteer activities throughout the state;

(9) applications of musical, dramatic, and dance groups to give volunteer performances for inmates; (10) inmate volunteer proposals, which are proposals by inmates to do volunteer work wherever laborers are needed outside the facility; (11) Correctional Volunteer Services Program information and memoranda; and other records regarding the Logan Jaycees and their involvement with volunteer services at Auburn.

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