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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.

Emerging Approaches: Rehabilitation and the Relational Context
Emerging approaches: Rehabilitation and the relational context
Introduction

In the last chapter we moved on from the structured rehabilitative programmes which occupied us in Chapter 7 and, more generally, from what we might loosely call ‘treatment-oriented’ approaches. We introduced the notion of social rehabilitation which, we argued, encompasses those approaches which emphasise the ex-offender's place in society, access to social resources, and return to citizenship. We noted that recent years have witnessed a revival of social rehabilitation, particularly in respect of attempts to resettle or reintegrate ex-prisoners, and that this revival owes much to the disappointing outcomes of the more programmatic, psychological approaches which rose to prominence in the 1990s. In this chapter we continue our exploration of rehabilitation in ...

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