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Thought PaperDemond JonesCJUS 650 Liberty UniversitySummer 2019
Although incarcerating individuals who have been a menace to society is to punish those individuals for the crimes they have committed. The sole purpose of incarceration is not to just punish those individuals, but also to rehabilitate them. The agencies within the criminal justice system share a common responsibility or goal which is to rehabilitate those offenders. The rehabilitation of an offender often begins in the community depending on the offense. It is the responsibilities of these agencies to provide effective rehabilitation. Agencies often use evidence-based programs. These programs have been proven to be successful in its use. An evidence-basedapproach involves an ongoing, critical review of research literature to determine what information is credible, and what policies and practices would be most effective given the best available evidence (nicic.org). There are three factors that defines the reliability of evidence- based programs or practices. 1) there is a definable outcome(s); 2) it is measurable; and 3) it is defined according to practical realities (recidivism, victim satisfaction, etc.). Thus, while these three terms are often used interchangeably, EBP is more appropriate for outcome-focused human service disciplines (nicic.org).Prisons are often looked at as communities inside communities. Inside these prions there are correction officers who act as the police, the Warden who acts as the chief of Police. In what we know today Therapeutic Communities were constructed inside the prisons which provided programs to help rehabilitate the inmates. As with any service provider, the prison system also uses evidence-based programs. Therapeutic Communities are especially effective in a correctional institution because they are structured as total treatment environments isolated from the rest of the prison population (Gideon & Sung, 2011). Therapeutic Community is a prison centered intervention. These communities are divided into separate groups which makes for the success. These groups are drugs, violence, and other aspects of prison life commonly associated
with ineffective rehabilitation efforts (Gideon & Sung, 2011). The guiding principal behind