Rehabilitation Essay

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Punishment Versus Rehabilitation Punishment Versus Rehabilitation CJ101: Introduction to Criminal Justice Professor Alan McCarthy Kaplan University 7/16/2012 CJ101: Introduction to Criminal Justice Professor Alan McCarthy Kaplan University 7/16/2012 Desmond Edwards Punishment has always been the main objective of our prison system but does punishment alone prepare inmates for reentry into society? Can a balanced mix of punishment and rehabilitation produce better results? Is this the solution to the overcrowding issue? Desmond Edwards Punishment has always been the main objective of our prison system but does punishment alone prepare inmates for reentry into society? Can a balanced mix of punishment and rehabilitation produce better results? Is this the solution to the overcrowding issue? For as long as we have been a nation, there has always been crime. As a means to deter individuals from committing crimes against humanity, different forms of punishment were established so that the offender could pay their debt to society. In our infancy as a country, we used the methods of punishment that the “old country” used such as, public flogging, incarceration, hanging, From the moment the Mayflower landed on Plymouth Rock, crime and punishment came along as well. In the infancy of our great nation, the settlers employed many of England’s forms of punishment i.e. banishment, flogging and racking for crimes that were considered to be minor infractions. For more serious offenses, the convicted could hang at the gallows, be quartered or beheaded. As soon as we created our own stabilized economy, Our Judicial system improved and prisons began to develop all over the country. Incarceration almost immediately became status quo for how inmates were punished. Rehabilitation was virtually

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