Should the criminal justice system focus on rehabilitating criminals?

Asked by: hi_im_a_men
  • Rehabilitate for re-entry

    Not every one who goes into prison is harden. Yet, a crime has been committed to which a prison sentence was mandated. Some of these men and women will be behind bars for a number of years and with that they can learn other bad examples from other inmates. To reduce them from falling a victim to inside influence program should be offered to prepare them for re-entry and turn what went wrong from the beginning around. A person can change if they are motivated enough. It's is imperative that the prison sentence get these inmates ready to go back into society and remain crime free.

  • Yes the criminal justice system should focus on rehabilitating criminals.

    Yes, I think that it would be more productive for criminals if they were rehabilitated instead of sitting in a jail cell waiting out lengthy sentences. I think that criminals can change their ways through a rehabilitative system that focuses on changing bad behavior through therapists and becoming better citizens who are productive in society.

  • They should get them help

    What is the overall purpose in putting people in prison? Its to teach them a lesson and get them off of the streets where families live..Where our children live. Theres no harm in trying to see if we can turn these people around and show them that this is not the life that they want to live.

  • I personally believe that it should.

    In the United States the recidivism rate is well over 50%. I believe that this is because prisons do not focus enough on rehabilitating criminals, but instead focus on giving criminals a sense of belonging. Prison is not the place to turn criminals into law abiding citizens because the time criminals spend around other criminals turns them into harder criminals rather than making them want to live a life of well-being.

  • Crime Library » Imprisonment Rehabilitative Effects of Imprisonment

    "Unfortunately, research has consistently shown that time spent in prison does not serve to rehabilitate most inmates, and the majority of criminals return to a life of crime almost immediately.

    Most prisoners that are in and out of jails are gang members.

    “The FBI tells us that there are now 1.4 million gang members involved in the 33,000 different gangs that are active inside the United States. The number of gang members in the U.S. has increased by 40 percent since 2009. Just think about that. That is absolutely astounding. Just since 2009, the number of gang members has increased by 40 percent. The FBI says that 48 percent of all violent crime in this country can be directly traced to gangs and that this is a national crisis that is progressively getting worse.”

    The percentage of male inmates who have been identified as gang members has risen from 9.4 percent in 1991 to 24.7 percent in 1999. Female gang members have constituted about 5 percent of the prison population"

    Total number on prisoners in jail 12-31-2011 - men 1,433,741, women 103,674

    Based on the percentages above for gang members, this would mean that 354,134 of the men in jail are gang members (1,433,741 multiplied by 24.7 percent), and 5,184 of the women in jail are gang members (103,674 multiplied by 5 percent). Or, a total of 359,318 people in jail are gang members.

    You will not rehabilitate 99.9% of these gang members, maybe 360 will be rehabilitated, but that is even doubtful.

    The only way to change the behavior of gang members is to kill them.

    Can the non-gang member in jail be rehabilitated? Most likely not, based on recidivism rates.

    Summary findings

    During 2007, a total of 1,180,469 persons on parole were at-risk of re-incarceration. This includes persons under parole supervision on January 1 or those entering parole during the year. Of these parolees, about 16% were returned to incarceration in 2007.
    Among nearly 300,000 prisoners released in 15 states in 1994, 67.5% were rearrested within 3 years. A study of prisoners released in 1983 estimated 62.5%.
    Of the 272,111 persons released from prisons in 15 states in 1994, an estimated 67.5% were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years, 46.9% were reconvicted, and 25.4% resentenced to prison for a new crime.
    These offenders had accumulated 4.1 million arrest charges before their most recent imprisonment and another 744,000 charges within 3 years of release.
    Released prisoners with the highest rearrests rates were robbers (70.2%), burglars (74.0%), larcenists (74.6%), motor vehicle thieves (78.8%), those in prison for possessing or selling stolen property (77.4%), and those in prison for possessing, using, or selling illegal weapons (70.2%).
    Within 3 years, 2.5% of released rapists were arrested for another rape, and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for homicide.

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