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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