5 There must be good physical facilities and personnel The RDC Staff and their

5 there must be good physical facilities and

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5. There must be good physical facilities and personnel. The RDC Staff and their Functions 1. Psychiatrist — examines the prisoner and prepares an abstract of his findings. The abstract includes a brief statement of the mental and emotional make-up of the individual with particular reference to abnormalities of the nervous system and the presence of psychoses, psychopathic behavior, neurotic tendencies, paranoid trends and other special abnormalities. The psychiatrist makes a recom- mendation with regard to custody and transfer and calls attention to any special conditions which limit or indicate special type of work, educational training, recreation or disciplinary treatment. 38
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2. Psychologist — interviews the man and administers tests. The psychological abstract presents a statement of the psychologist's findings with regard to the mental level, general and special abilities, interests and skills of the pri- soner. The outstanding factors contributing to the maladjustment of the individual are pointed out. A prognosis for institutional and parole adjustment based on the inmate's attitudes, characteristics and peculiarities is included. In this abstract, the psychologist makes his recommendation with regard to custody, transfer and general education and further study and treatment of the man. 3. Sociologist — the prisoner is interviewed by the sociologist. Additional information is obtained through correspondence with the prisoner's friends, relatives, and social agencies. The objective facts of the personal history of the inmate are recorded in the social abstract, which also includes an analysis and interpretation of the individual's social situation and relationships. 4. Education Officer or Counselor — the prisoner is interviewed by the educational officer in order to determine his educational strengths and weaknesses and to recommend suitable educational program for him. He conducts orientation classes in general education in order to change the inmate's attitudes toward education. He gives counsel to inmates found wanting in educational needs. He prepares a report of every inmate on general education as part of the case summary of the inmate. 5. Vocational Counselor — the vocational counselor, by interview, obtains a record of the man's former employment and tests the man to determine his general and special abilities, interests and skills. The results comprise the vocational abstract and recommendations are set forth with regard to the types of vocational training which should be made available to the inmate during his incarceration. 6. The Chaplain - The inmate is interviewed by the Chaplain and he is encouraged to participate in religious worship. The Chaplain's abstract states the religious affiliation of the prisoner and gives his opinion as to the significance of the inmate's religious attitudes in determining his conduct. The Chaplain makes recommendations with regard to further religious training.
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