As discussed in Chapter 12 in the Bartol & Bartol (2019) text, in most circumstances, rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders is the goal of the criminal justice system as evidenced by the number of offenders ultimately being released back into society. This includes concerns for public safety, the behavior and performance of the offender as a functioning member of society, and the likelihood of recidivating. While some offenses, and therefore offenders, are deemed inappropriate for release (i.e. those sentenced to life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty), most offenders will have an ultimate release date included in their sentence. This poses challenges in how to address these offenders within the construct of their ultimately being released. Chapter 12 in Bartol & Bartol (2019) analyzes clinical practices in corrections environs.
Guided Response: Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length. Support your observations with examples from the required materials and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two or your colleagues’ posts by Day 7. Discuss your thoughts and findings as to the necessity for the rehabilitation of offenders with the ultimate goal being successful reintegration. Include sentencing strategies that may enhance, or detract from, this goal. Discuss if the goal is even appropriate and why or why not. Also discuss the impact of this ideology on sentencing, corrections staffing, and those professionals and para–professionals providing these services, and whether you agree with your peer’s views – and why or why not. Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Day 7, and respond with robust dialogue to anyone who replies to your initial post.