Rehabilitation Study

‘Rehabilitation’ What are the effects on the penal system?


Rehabilitation has been chosen for this independent study as I am very interested in discovering whether rehabilitation is the way forward for prisons.   There is a lot of coverage in the media to suggest that it does not work as its being used in prisons and recidivism is not decreasing.   This study will look at why it is not working, if it is the programme itself, the prisoner or whether the penal system itself is failing the inmates.   Using different variables the area will be studied with the use of surveys and interviews with professionals who work in the area and also the general public.   Hopefully by collecting data from these people a clearer understanding of people’s views on the efficiency of these two areas will be given, as well as professional views.   Problem areas will become clearer and possibly I may have to change the hypothesis as the study unfolds.   To better understand Rehabilitation and its effect on the penal system I will give you a brief overview of rehabilitation and its different components, and how the penal system stands in our society.   The variables that will be investigated in this study will be the mental health of the prisoners, rehabilitation itself and whether it works, prisoner living conditions and if they are good enough for rehabilitation to work.   It will look at the relationships between the staff and prisoners and if they are strong enough for successful rehabilitation.   It will look at the costs and if rehabilitation is adequately funded in prisons.   The success rates of rehabilitated inmates and whether the expenditure supports this.

Rehabilitation covers different areas, therapeutic methods (psychological services), skills learning for employment, education, social skills training, drug programmes and some shock methods, such as exposure to the negative aspects of incarceration.   (Andrew   von Hirsch)

“In a clinical context rehabilitation...