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Unformatted text preview: Robert Kerin 10-15-2009 CCJ-2306-1004 Intro to Corrections Unit One – Homework What is the purpose of corrections? Correctional practice is a developing science based on an evolving dynamic between two concepts: punishment and rehabilitation. Society demands that criminals be punished for their behavior; thus, they lose their freedom. Prisoners must also learn constructive behaviors and have positive role models if the cycle of recidivism is to be broken and the culture of the prison yard is to be changed. Social scientists have long argued that rehabilitation must be the dominant theory in correctional practice, if only to keep the prison population from overwhelming the physical facilities. Parole and probation were early attempts to reduce prison populations. Rehabilitation theorists advocate job-training, counseling and education programs as ways to equip inmates with the educational and vocational skills they need to become productive members of society. The current practice of "restorative justice" seeks to balance the concepts of members of society....
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- Spring '09
- Criminal Justice, criminal law