Posted: August 4th, 2022
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Week 4: Rehabilitation of Offenders
Returning to the case study, think for a moment about Jordan and Dante. Jordan has a history of drug abuse and violent behavior. He also dropped out of high school at a young age and has never been employed. Meanwhile, Dante frequently misses school and fights with classmates. Do you think either of these individuals would benefit from rehabilitation? In other words, with the right support and services, might they become stable and contributing members of society? Some examples of rehabilitative services are GED completion support, anger management programs, and drug treatment programs. Would any of those be appropriate for Jordan or Dante?
This week, you examine the third component of restorative justice: offender rehabilitation.
Analyze the role of rehabilitation in a restorative justice approach
Analyze factors that contribute to and detract from the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs
Develop a rehabilitation program within a restorative justice framework to address a crime problem in a community
Evaluate the role of shame in restorative justice and the rehabilitative process
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Discussion: Offender Rehabilitation
Restorative justice “purists” argue that it should continue to focus solely on victim needs. From this perspective, offender rehabilitation is irrelevant because it does not directly provide accountability to the victim or reparation of harm. Critics of this perspective argue otherwise, stating the importance of helping offenders abandon destructive patterns of thinking and behavior that have led them to commit crimes.
In this Discussion, you consider these viewpoints while examining the role of offender rehabilitation in the restorative justice approach.
Post a response that addresses the following:
What is the role of rehabilitation in a restorative justice approach?
Describe a restorative justice rehabilitation program that is used in both the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.
What factors may contribute to or detract from the success of such rehabilitation programs?
Journal: The Role of Shame in Restorative Justice and Rehabilitation
Offenders may organically feel shame as they pass through the stages of the criminal justice process and think about the crime they committed and the resulting harm to victims. In addition, the court may impose shame on offenders through punishments designed to humiliate. For example, a judge ordered a Cleveland woman to wear a sign saying she was an idiot after being caught driving on the sidewalk to pass a school bus (Donaldson, 2012). According to criminologist John Braithwaite (2018), shame can be helpful or harmful depending on how it is used.
Is shame a necessary prerequisite for criminal accountability? Is shame rehabilitative, or is it detrimental to the offender? In this Journal, you consider the role of shame in restorative justice and rehabilitation.
Braithwaite, J. (2018). Minimally sufficient deterrence. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research, 47(1), 69–118. doi:10.1086/696043
Donaldson, S. (2012, November 13). Cleveland woman holds “idiot” sign as part of sentence for passing school bus. Retrieved from https://www.cleveland.com/metro/2012/11/cleveland_woman_holds_idiot_si.html
Write a 250-word journal response to the following prompts:
Does shame fit into the restorative justice paradigm? Why or why not?
To what degree does shame aid in the rehabilitative process?
Support your perspective with references to the readings.
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