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Do Prisons Rehabilitate?

Prisons are where criminals are placed in the event that they have been considered by the state as guilty of the offenses or violations they have been charged with, and sentenced by a judge to imprisonment. The purpose of imprisoning such criminals is not merely to punish them, but also provide some form of rehabilitation in order for them to rejoin society as a working and contributing member.


It is not generally guaranteed that a person placed within the confines of prison is rehabilitated. Prisons do not all singularly follow some kind of code or standard by which they exercise on their prisoners. However, a prison does have several objectives to aspire to. First, prisons aim to directly prevent the occurrence of offenses, crimes, or other violations since the imprisoned cannot commit such against innocent victims. Second, prisons are morally appropriate responses to the crimes or offenses committed. Imprisonment is considered a just and commensurate punishment. Third, prisons act as a deterrent by instilling some type of fear in order to compel people not to commit crimes. Lastly, fourth, prisons are places of rehabilitation wherein the prisoners are taught to become productive members of society.


However, such goals of prisons are not necessarily reached despite whatever combination they choose to do or whatever area they choose to focus on. Despite the various classes, programs, and other activities offered by prisons in order to attempt to rehabilitate such prisoners, rehabilitation is often moot. Statistics shows that 64% of those released from prison were once again arrested within 3 years.


 

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