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Volunteering in Corrections. “The Do’s & Don’ts”. Staff Development Emergency Operations. Performance Objectives. Participants will identify 6 “Do’s” of volunteering Participants will identify 6 “Don’ts” of volunteering. “Do”…. Be present and on time for every commitment

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Volunteering in corrections

Volunteeringin Corrections

“The Do’s & Don’ts”

Staff Development Emergency Operations

Performance Objectives

  • Participants will identify 6 “Do’s” of

  • volunteering

  • Participants will identify 6 “Don’ts” of

  • volunteering


  • Be present and on time for every commitment

  • you make. Notify the Community Involvement

  • Office in advance if unable to follow through on

  • commitment.

  • Live up to the responsibility of your volunteer role.

  • Be honest and genuine at all times.

  • Be firm and maintain a polite, courteous attitude.


  • Be optimistic, but do not encourage unrealistic

  • goals or critical attitudes.

  • Respect confidential aspects of your assignment

  • and the dignity/privacy of offenders/students.

  • Respect cultural, ethnic, religious and personal

  • differences of offenders and other volunteers.

  • Be flexible, make allowances for offender’s and

  • student’s abilities.


  • Report to staff any unusual actions, behaviors, or

  • violation of any regulations that you observe.

  • Leave personal items locked in your vehicle, and

  • bring your identification and keys.

  • Stay with your group or staff escort while moving

  • on grounds. Go directly to the area where you will

  • be volunteering.

  • Remember that being a volunteer is not the same

  • as being a “friend” to an offender or student.


  • Allow offenders/students to shake your hand as a

  • greeting, as a congratulatory gesture, or to hold

  • hand during prayer.

  • Inform your Community Involvement Coordinator

  • or Group Leader if you are arrested for, charged

  • with, or convicted of any crime or misdemeanor

  • except minor traffic violations.

  • Be part of the Correctional Team, accept supervision

  • and training. Your cooperation is vital.

  • Show empathy toward offenders/students, not

  • sympathy.


  • Inform the Superintendent (in writing) if you have a

  • friend or relative who becomes incarcerated within

  • the Department of Correction.

  • Feel you can consult with staff on any problems

  • which may arise concerning your services.

  • Familiarize yourself with the rules of your

  • Volunteering Training and Reference Guide.


  • Don’t argue with staff or an offender/student

  • about anything. If a problem should arise,

  • consult with the Community Involvement

  • Coordinator and your Group Leader.

  • Don’t show partiality or favoritism toward one

  • offender/student or group over another.

  • Don’t become involved in religious proselytism.

  • Don’t accept any personal gift or favor from an

  • offender/student or an offender’s/student’s

  • family members or friends.


  • Don’t promise to do any favors, make any telephone

  • calls, or make any community contacts for any

  • offender/student unless authorized by the facility.

  • Don’t discuss topics regarding prison conditions,

  • policies, prison reform, or any controversial subject

  • matter pertaining to corrections with offenders.

  • Don’t exhibit surprise at what you see or hear.

  • Don’t discuss an offender’s/student’s commitment

  • to the Department of Correction.


  • Don’t purchase anything for offenders/students,

  • send them money, or carry/deliver messages.

  • Don’t become emotionally involved with an

  • offender/student. Immediately inform the

  • Community Involvement Coordinator if you

  • suspect an offender/student has become

  • emotionally attached to you.

  • Don’t bring medication into the facility without

  • proper authorization of the Community

  • Involvement Coordinator and your Group Leader.

  • Don’t give offenders/students legal advice unless

  • you are an approved legal volunteer.

You have completed the module on “The Do’s and Don’ts” of Volunteering.


If you have any questions, please review the module again; or,

Please proceed to the test!

Staff Development Emergency Operations