The criminal justice system aims to deter individuals from initially committing crime. However, the system must also endeavor to prevent those who have been convicted of a crime and released from recommitting crimes and returning to prison. Current research shows a high rate of recidivism, with as many as 43% of felons being rearrested while still on parole (Petersillia 2011). However, researchers are not only recognizing a problem but are also looking for solutions as they search for empirically based methods to reduce recidivism. Through their work, they call-in to question early research that suggests reducing recidivism through treatment is unlikely.
For this Assignment, identify elements of a successful correctional rehabilitation program. Consider the importance of evidence-based programs.
Submit a 2-page paper that addresses the following:
- Describe the elements of a successful correctional rehabilitation program.
- Identify and briefly describe an existing program that consists of those elements.
- As a policymaker, explain the importance in supporting evidence-based correctional rehabilitation programs. Justify your response.
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Offenders Or Citizens: Readings in Rehabilitation by Priestley, P. Copyright 2010 by Willan Publishing, Ltd. Reprinted by permission of Willan Publishing, Ltd., via the Copyright Clearance Center.
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