Criminals are people too. They deserve a second chance, but only if they admit they messed up, and are ready to go into the world again. A life sentence is wrong on every level, unless they deserve it then they shouldn't be in there for long. Give them a chance.
My husband was arrested for a DUI in 2005. He was on probation for another DUI when it happened. He was incarcerated for 3 yrs. Which turned the lives of his wife and children completely upside down. While he was in prison, he became addicted to heroine which is easily obtained in the prison. He came out worse than he was when he went in. Now he is incarcerated again on a different drug offense. We finally divorced this year in January 2013. We had a great marriage and he was a wonderful man until he went to prison and became hooked on the drugs. If he had been sent to a rehabilitation facility where they focus on alcoholism instead of a prison where inmates can readily get drugs, this may have changed this family of four which is now a family of three. My now x-husband suffered but so did his wife and three children. It is 8 years later and we still haven't put the pieces of our lives together. We lost our home, the rest of his family disowned not only him but our whole family. It hurts me so much but what's worse is how it hurts my children! They were so innocent, ages 3, 10, & 12 which makes this such a tragedy! I strongly hope this will be taken into consideration when deciding on sentences for alcohol and drug offenders. They need rehabilitation, not prison! If he would have had that, we would probably all be the family we were.
Time and time again, logic and statistics prove rehabilitation to be more effective than retribution. Take Norway, for example. They value rehabilitation very highly, have abolished the death penalty, and have stopped sentencing criminals to life in prison. Now, while some may let their emotions get in the way and complain about murderers freely walking the streets, let's take a look at Norway's impressive track record. Only a 20% recidivism rate, compared to the 65% US rate, some of the lowest murder records in the world, and reasonably low prison populations. Rehabilitation is a system that works, whether we like it or not.
Substance abuse is NOT a criminal problem it's an emotional problem and if we continue to turn a blind eye to the problem we are destroying our own race as human beings. If we want to see changes then we have to change how people are viewing crime and rehabilitation.
Criminality is associated with social learning behaviors. There is an uninhibited gratification in criminal, sexual, or aggressive impulses and poor oping skills create the inability to learn from past mistakes. So individuals expressed satisfaction through their antisocial behavior and lack remorse for their actions.
Punishment and behavior modification techniques do not improve the behavior of criminals. Criminals like any body in other trade improve the strategies for survival by becoming more t manipulate and concealing in their behavior reinforcing their distorted sense of the potential consequences of their actions, not only for others, but also for themselves. They do not, for example, deeply recognize the risk of being caught, disbelieved or injured as a result of their behavior.
There is a seemingly endless ring to the criminal justice system. This is because roughly 80% of inmates get out of a correctional facility only to return at a later date. Rehabilitation would focus on the inmates integrating back into society. This would then contribute to the lowering of the return rate as well as a safer society.
Yes. It is clear that retribution is not a deterrent. Therefore, a different approach should be taken. I believe that rehabilitation is a better answer, both financially and socially. Rehabilitation also offers the opportunity for those individuals who have mitigating circumstances which led to the crime for which they are to be punished.
In everyday life mistakes are made; and what can we say, when we are only human. It is okay to make mistakes; as long as we are willing to learn from them. Our country has the basis, especially in criminal justice, that a person is innocent until proven guilty. But is this true when an innocent man is executed, and only later it is found out that man was innocent, and that the guilty person is still out there? I say, rehabilitation is their chance start over; wouldn't want to leave room for innocent deaths, now would we?
If the criminal justice system focused more on rehabilitation then the criminals who leave prison will hopefully come out as better people. We need to make criminals better, and if we do that could possibly lead to the crime rate decreasing. If we help the prisoners while they are still in the reach of help it would work out better.
I worked in the system for many years. I believe that all people deserve a second chance. Just because one ends up in prison, does not mean they are less than human. To my horror, the "system" does not encourage rehabilitation. In fact several programs have been cut in the penal system.
The attitude of administration is that they don't deserve anything. Mind you there are evil people who commit horrible crimes. There are also people who can not be rehabilitated. I believe the change has to start with the attitude of the courts and the staff running the prisons.
Since 85 % of crimes are committed under the influence of a drug or alcohol, treatment should be mandatory. One on one therapy and education should be mandatory. They should not have a choice. I am fully aware that a person has to want to change.
Society feels we should lock these criminals up and throw away the key. The truth be told, most criminals get out at some point. When they do they are worse than when they went in.
I also think the criminal system needs to change their attitude. I saw criminal acts done by officers. If they were part of the good Ole boy system, they got away with it. If you are a person that wants change and speaks out against the unjust, you will no longer have a job. The administration does not want to be bothered. They are there for a paycheck, nothing else.
criminal justice system: a series of organizations involved in apprehending, prosecuting, defending, sentencing, and jailing those involved in crimes - including law enforcement, attorneys, judges, courts of law, prisons"
nowhere in this definition does it give the criminal justice system the choice of sending people to a rehabilitation center so if they dont have the choice than rehabilitation shouldnt be used
also i have proof that rehabilitation doesnt work but is just a way for the U.S. to spend more money
I believe that criminals should be punished, because of their fragile mental state they need to be kept under control. I agree with the point saying that if the government pushed rehabilitation over correction potential criminals might think that acting violently is okay. Mass murders destroy the life of a lot of people with little to no sympathy, that is not right.
My younger was molested by our grandfather who swore he would kill her if she said anything. Well she did say something and did he go to jail? NO! The court declared him mentally ill and sent him to a hospital. He was in the hospital for about 4 months when he was finally released. He found my sister when he got out......
If he would have been imprisoned like the rapist he was, my sister would still be alive.
What about people who have the crime gene. Let's face it...it exists. There are criminals out there and maybe they come from a line of criminals. If they have this crime gene in them, which most of them probably do. then there is no way to rehabilitate them. It's in their genes. The only way to get rid of it is to breed it out of them. And that's just wrong.
The criminal justice system should not focus more on rehabilitation than retribution. This is because some people do not deserve to be released into society. Why give murders a second chance to kill? Why give rapist a second chance ruin live? If the criminal justice system focuses more on rehabilitation we will be giving criminals a second chance at negatively affecting our society. I rather pay a few more taxes and live safely than have a couple extra bucks and be scared to leave my home.
When you kill someone you don't put them in a hospital and let them go. You put them in a jail hospital. You would not help them get back to killing service you would punish them in jail where they would hopefully rot for life. that way you wouldn't have to worry about those criminals ever again.
i do believe that every criminal deserves a second chance. although, repeat offenders should serve a longer/stricter punishment. if we value rehibilitation over retribution with everyone, will we have more repeat offenders? more than likely yes, because prison wont be as strict as it is with retribution over rehibilitation.
The criminal justice system is broken beyond all repair. Neither rehabilitation nor retribution actually works. Retribution just releases jail hardened criminals who are still criminals and will commit crime again back into society, and deprives them entirely of their rights by locking them up against their will in prison, and rehabilitation simply doesn't work. Because the justice system hurts everyone involved, it needs to be abolished.
If people can be rehabilitated, great for them. Reahabilitate and then free them. However, a lot of criminals can't be rehabilitated. if they can't, them punish them. when the judge gives a sentence, that is a punishment. That is retributive justice. Retributive justice is a theory of justice that considers that punishment, if proportionate, is a morally acceptable response to crime. Give them justice like we're supposed to. Don't give murderers a second chance at more killing. only rehabiliteate if you can and when possible.
I believe that it just does not work, and that serious offenders should have punished for what they have done, they do not deserve to be rehabilitated if it is not going to work for the offender. It will waste tax payers money on something that the community does not want to spend it on