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.
In this chapter we consider what is meant by social rehabilitation. We then go on to look at some of the main social sectors (housing, employment, training and support) that affect the possibility of social rehabilitation. The chapter concludes by reviewing what efforts have been made in recent years to try to improve the prospects for social rehabilitation, and with what success.
What is Social Rehabilitation?
For much of this book the focus has been on the individual offender and the agencies that deal with him or her. However, having examined the treatment of individual offenders and its limitations, it is equally important to consider the social context of rehabilitation. Indeed studies of treatment programmes often emphasise that they can only be effective if ...