Criminal Rehabilitation

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Criminal rehabilitation involves restoring an individual to useful life through education, and therapy. The rehabilitation assumption is that individuals are never permanently criminals. As a result, it is possible to reinstate a criminal to useful life where they positively contribute to the society and to themselves. The main aim of criminal rehabilitation is the prevention of habitual offending or criminal recidivism. Criminal rehabilitation seeks to bring an offender into a normal state of mind. Through rehabilitation, a criminal can have a changed attitude that is helpful to the society, rather than punishing the harm from a criminal (Bartol, 1980).
Rehabilitating criminals is a highly debated issue throughout the U.S. The
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This is vital in offsetting the delinquent association among the offenders. However, cognitive restructuring programs do little in destroying the power of labelling.

The criminal rehabilitation places in the U.S are the halfway houses. These halfway houses are often located in suburban communities and they have the sole aim of keeping the offenders in the society. The name originates from the reality that they halfway amid the prison and the community. The logic behind halfway houses is often that criminal activities originate in the community. Hence, communities have the responsibility of trying to correct the individuals. Also, sending an individual with deviant criminal behaviour to prison will worsen the problem. As a result, the appropriate place for such treatment is the community where this will prevents an individual from breaking the constructive social ties. The programs in the halfway houses often involve work or study release and group sessions for counselling and therapy. Most programs for criminal rehabilitation vary depending on the administrators and their rehabilitation skills and experiences (Palmer, 2003).
Generally, the aim of the halfway houses is to integrate the members back to the society. Usually, there are three systems employed in programs and processes of rehabilitation places. These are change by compliance, change
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