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Rehabilitation Programs - prisoners into the right program...

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1 Rehabilitation Programs Karen M. Overbey CJS/230 March 23, 2011 Neal Brumley
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2 Rehabilitation Programs In the past, prisoners were considered uneducated and untrained and it was believed that this was why they committed crime. Rehabilitation was first used for children being monitored in the juvenile justice system and gradually spread to the adult system. The conventional approach to rehabilitation focuses on these two aspects to help reduce the chance of recidivism. At this time most inmates’ rehabilitation meant three basic steps, classification on entry to the system, assignment to institution based on this classification, and participation in a range of programs instead of inmate labor. The warden used these programs to keep inmates busy and out of trouble and the inmate had to complete a program in order to be released. Today’s rehabilitation is described as specific programs within the prison system to bring an end to the criminal behavior of prisoners once they are released. The goal is to get the
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Unformatted text preview: prisoners into the right program, keep him or her in the program until it is completed and then upon release observe them through parole or probation to monitor their commitment to a crime free life. Programs that are used today include religion, recreation, arts and crafts, service groups, self- help groups, work assignments, visitation, certified vocational training, and education. The programs available today actually help the prisoners to be prepared with education and vocational training to reenter society with opportunities for employment to keep them from recommitting crime. The education and therapy can help to change the thinking of the inmate to realize the possibilities of the life they can have once released from prison and help them to realize that their options do not have to include criminal activity....
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