This comprehensive text explains all the key themes in the development and practice of offender rehabilitation. It explores how the issue fits within its wider social and political contexts, giving an insight into its current and future relevance to criminal justice. The book covers the full range of rehabilitative approaches, exploring how criminal justice responses have been influenced by trends such as the treatment model, ‘What Works?’, desistance, risk and public protection, and changes in social policy.

Introducing Rehabilitation: The Theoretical Context

Introducing Rehabilitation: The Theoretical Context

Introducing rehabilitation: The theoretical context


In this chapter we begin our exploration of offender rehabilitation by considering the ways in which rehabilitation has been represented and understood in the context of offending. This takes us into theoretical territory, as we consider the criminological assumptions which lie behind ideas about offender rehabilitation. We go on to consider the relevance of rehabilitation in the offender's journey through the criminal justice process: is rehabilitation best understood as a type of punishment; as an alternative to punishment; or something which most appropriately follows punishment? We then turn our attention to the various theoretical justifications for rehabilitative approaches. On what grounds – and in whose interests – have such approaches been promoted or considered desirable? Do ...

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