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Should The Criminal Justice System Focus More On Rehabilitation

Hart Project

Milca Pierre

on 28 March 2013

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Transcript of Should The Criminal Justice System Focus More On Rehabilitation

What is
Rehabilitation? Rehabilitation In Prisons Rehabilitation In Prisons The criminal justice system needs to focus more on rehabilitation rather than punishment in order to lower rates of recidivism and in order to allow inmate a better chance at transitioning back into the public because after paying their debt to society, it is important to give them chances to live a future which outshines their past. Imagine this: a young man is 16 years old and has just been put into the juvenile detention system for a shoplifting charge. He has just been sentenced to two years. He pays his debt and in two years, he is released. He is now 18 years old, jobless with no education, no one wants to hire him, and no one is willing to help him get his life back on track. So, he turns to less than honest ways of making a living. In less than a year he has returned to jail. Two to four years later, he is released, and it starts all over again: no job, no help, back to jail. Only this time he is not released. It is now a life sentence with now chance of parole. Many times, inmates
leave prison
to better
themselves The definition of rehabilitation is to restore to a condition of good health, ability to work, or the like. What is the etcetera? Is it being at the wrong place at the wrong time?
Is it being too young to think about the consequences?
Is it making a mistake? The focus on rehabilitation
was shaken mid-1970s Prisoners knew how to reintergrate "Tough on Crime instead of Preventing Crime Lower recidivism rates

Prisoners better themselves

Better Chance at life

Prisoners want to move forward The definition of punishment is a penalty inflicted for an offense, a fault, etc The system is not focused enough. Money Could help Rehabilitation Programs What is the point
of prison? With No help, it is a continual cycle of hopelessness Eventually, they will
return to prison Many believe rehabilitation
will not always work. Everyone is not a lost cause It is not fair to
deprive prisoners
of help. Think back to the
young man
mentioned before Don't they deserve a
second chance? A second chance used to
mean something. it is important to give them chances
to live a future which outshines their past. Instead of funding rehabilitation programs, there is funding for new prisons because of overflow. Drug Rehabilitation
Alcohol Anonymous
Vocational Education
Substance Abuse Education
Faith Based Programs
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