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Introduction: Special Needs Offenders
Introduction: Special needs offenders

In the past two decades, the human landscape in correctional institutions has shifted significantly from its known historical image of young offenders in their prime years, in good mental and physical health. In fact, due to mandatory sentences, “three strikes” laws, truth in sentencing, states abolishing parole, and a general get-tough-on-crime approach, correctional institutions are facing new challenges that stem from the fact that increasing segments of the prison population do not comply with the traditional image, and so incarceration cannot be an equal punishment or treatment to all. It is within this context that the current text discusses the issues and challenges surrounding incarcerated offenders with special needs, and the ways in which such challenges may be ...

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