Most of the studies that discuss offender rehabilitation focus on the debate over whether prison-based education programs work, ignoring the important issues that these programs undertake. Using a critical approach, Offender Rehabilitation Issues: Critical Lessons for Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Public Policy fills the gap by highlighting the offender rehabilitation programs that continue to divide scholars, policy makers, correctional practitioners, students, and the public. This book demonstrates and reaffirms that offender rehabilitation programs and recidivism rates are important and critical social issues that do not exist in a vacuum, are complex interacting social processes and issues with broader social, economic, legal, and political environmental forces and pressures.
Charles B. A. Ubah is professor of criminology, criminal justice, law, sociology and public policy at Georgia College and State University.
Chapter 1: The Focal Issues of Offender Rehabilitation
Chapter 2: Individual Change Perspectives of Offender Rehabilitation
Chapter 3: Pessimistic Reaction to Individual Change: Perspectives of Offender Rehabilitation
Chapter 4: A Critical Examination of Empirical Evidence of Offender Rehabilitation-Correctional Education
Chapter 5: Reaffirming the Limits of Offender Rehabilitation but With Caution
Chapter 6: Using Recidivism Rate as the Sole Indicator of Prison-Based Rehabilitation Usefulness
Chapter 7: The History of Pell Grants for Prison Inmates College Education
Chapter 8: Abolition of Pell Grants for Higher Education of Prisoners
Chapter 9: Second Chance Act and Second Chance Pell Pilot Program: The End of Abolition of Pell Grants for Prisoners Education
Chapter 10: Limitation, Direction for Future Research, and Conclusion
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