Participants of the Third World Congress on Probation may attend the study tour on September 12.
- There are 8 tours (4 tours in the morning and 4 in the afternoon).
- Each tour has limited capacity, so the participants may join just one tour.
- Because of capacity, participants need to choose first and second preferences in the morning and first and second preferences in the afternoon.
- Study Tours are only for overseas participants.
- Participants will be informed which tour to join by e-mail around 2 weeks prior to the World Congress.
- There is no additional cost to participate.
[AM: Approximately 8:00 - 12:00]
A: Home Visits with Volunteer Probation Officers
Volunteer probation officers are citizens commissioned by the Minister of Justice who co-operate with probation officers in providing various rehabilitation services to offenders. Their main activities are (i) to assist and supervise probationers and parolees; (ii) to co-ordinate the social circumstances of inmates; and (iii) to promote crime prevention activities in the community.
Volunteer Probation Officers usually invite probationers and parolees to their homes to provide instruction/supervision and guidance/assistance. In this tour, participants can visit the homes of volunteer probation officers and can hear about their experiences and practices.
B: Offenders Rehabilitation Facility (Halfway House) and Offenders Rehabilitation Support Center
Halfway houses in Japan are officially termed Offenders Rehabilitation Facilities. They accommodate probationers, parolees and other eligible offenders and provide them with necessary assistance for their rehabilitation such as: (i) help in obtaining education, training, medical care, or employment; (ii) vocational guidance; (iii) training in social skills; and (iv) improving, or helping them adjust to, their environment.
Offenders rehabilitation support centers are established as hubs for offender rehabilitation activities of Volunteer Probation Officers in their local communities.
They provide support for treatment activities of Volunteer Probation Officers and create local networks through cooperating with relevant organizations.
In this tour, participants can visit an offenders rehabilitation facility and offenders rehabilitation support center and can see and hear about practices at these facilities.
Prisons (a prison which mainly holds young offenders is called a“juvenile prison”) accommodate sentenced inmates.
The core of correctional treatment consists of work, guidance for reform, and guidance through school tours.
The content and delivery of treatment must be tailored to the individual characteristics and circumstances of each inmate.
In this tour, participants can visit a prison and see and hear about correctional treatment of inmates.
D: Probation Office
Probation offices are established corresponding to each district under the jurisdiction of the fifty district courts across the country.
They are generally responsible for the following administrative duties: (i) supervision of both adult and juvenile probationers and parolees, (ii) coordination of social circumstances, such as family relationship, residence, and job-placement, prior to release; (iii) urgent aftercare of discharged offenders; (iv) promotion of crime prevention activities in the community; (v) recommendations of volunteer probation officers for appointment or reappointment; (vi) support for the victims of crime; (vii) mental health supervision pursuant to the Act on Medical Care and Treatment for persons Who Have Caused Serious Cases Under the Condition of Insanity.
In this tour, participants can visit a Probation Office and can hear about the practices at the Probation Office.
[PM: Approximately 13:00 - 17:00]
E: Home Visits with Volunteer Probation Officers
Please refer to the explanation of tour A.
F: Offenders Rehabilitation Facility and Offenders Rehabilitation Support Center
Please refer to the explanation of tour B.
G: Juvenile Training School
A juvenile training school is a correctional institution that provides correctional education to juveniles committed to it by Family Courts. Commitment to a juvenile training school is one of the three forms of prospective measures that can be taken by Family Courts (probation, commitment to institutions established under the Child Welfare Act, and commitment to a juvenile training school).
In this tour, participants can visit a Juvenile Training School and see and hear about correctional education programs at Juvenile Training Schools.
H: Probation Office
Please refer to the explanation of tour D.