August 9, 2012
Professor Lexie Williams
In the United States today the incarceration of offenders is not always the right option for rehabilitating criminals. The idea of putting offenders on probation who are supervised, also with a suspended sentence can assist in the decrease of crime (University of Phoenix, 2011). This paper will discuss the origins of rehabilitation in prison and its definition, the definition of parole and how it differs from mandatory release, the definition of probation and how it compares to other forms of sentencing, the definition and options of community corrections, and the critique of the current rehabilitation options. Also this paper will determine if there are better solutions than the current community corrections options that exist today.
Definition and origins of rehabilitation in prison
Prisoner rehabilitation is a form of treatment; this treatment is a set plan to prepare an offender for their release back into society. A prisoner who has committed a crime will need some type of treatment because he or she may sooner or later get a second chance in society. Second chances are known as rehabilitation and it starts in prison and will continue after he or she is released. The origins of prisoner rehabilitation began in a dungeon during medieval times in the late 18th century. The treatment to rehabilitate varies; it really depends on the crime committed by the offender. The methods used vary from vocational and educational to assist an offender so they can learn skills that can be used outside of the prison when he or she gets released. Rehabilitation is vital in the prison but is also very...