Viability of Rehabilitation Efforts in Prison Essay

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Goals For and Challenges to Rehabilitation behind Prison Walls For a very long time incarceration was traditionally used as the punishment of choice, especially in regard to more serious or violent offenses. However by introducing non-traditional alternatives to extended periods of incarceration has saved millions of dollars that had been budgeted for the high cost of incarceration. It is the belief of many in this day and age that criminal behavior is caused by some determining factor. Depending upon the classification of the offender, their status can be used to both control and treat the offender by: determining the type of sentence that will be handed down, as well as the type of facility that will be used for housing. (Influences on Prison Management, 2013). In 2013 the total correctional population in the United States was 6,899,000. That means that 1 in 35 adults in the US are under some sort of correctional supervision (Glaze & Kaeble, 2014). With these types of numbers it is sensible to conclude that, that is too high a frequency of contact and too expensive a cost for the taxpayers to have to burden. Therefore other rehabilitative efforts must be explored and put into play to help inmates reintegrate into society. Specific Goals The primary goal of our prison system today is a rehabilitative approach that is a quality operation that is cost effective that has a good rate of reintegration, with a low recidivism rate. Things that prisons could work towards in a successful rehabilitation program would include: Education- Academic: Literacy training, high school diploma, writing skills, resumes building, etc. This means providing education to inmates so they can learn employable skills that may include a specific trade (s). Example: machinist, woodworking or carpentry, food service, etc. As with any idea there can be challenges

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