Punishment Versus Rehabilitation
University of Phoenix
August 17, 2015
This paper, I will discuss the issues of punishment versus rehabilitation. I will point out issues on how punishment and rehabilitation affects deterrence of crime, how it affects victims and their family. I will also discuss how it affects offenders, the impact it has on society, and the fiscal impact upon society. Punishment and rehabilitation helps the inmate in different ways. This will show both pros and cons to punishment and rehabilitation.
Punishment versus Rehabilitation
The criminal justice system uses two objectives, these are punishment and rehabilitation. Society looks at these two with high prospects but the…show more content… When offenders use rehabilitation programs they are given the opportunity to participate in drug therapy programs. These offenders do their time and prior to being paroled out they are required to go into a half-way house or a drug rehab facility. When offenders get involved with any type of rehabilitation program their view to commit crimes change and they will no longer desire to commit a crime. Many of them come out with the hope to find a job and be lawful citizens.
Effect on victims/families
The effects of crime on a victim can be a very difficult and stressful experience. Many people experience after effects of the crime and have to seek professional counseling to help them get through the traumatic experience. Depending on the type of crime committed against the victims for some victims and their families life will never be the same. Many families are affected as well and need to seek professional counseling. They have to work through the hurt and anger and many are never able to forgive the person who committed the crime. THE FBI FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. (2012, April).
Many victims would like to see the offender punished rather than going through rehabilitation through probation or parole. Many people believe that punishment by imprisonment is the best sentence for an offender to receive, where they could