There is a useful discussion in today’s Guardian about the need to involve offenders in programmes designed to “rehabilitate” them. This involves critical questions about autonomy and the legitimacy of “imposing” change, two things which led to criticism of the rehabilationist movement in the first place.
It puts me in mind of Maruna and Ward’s book Rehabiliation: http://www.amazon.com/Rehabilitation-Ideas-Criminology-Tony-Ward/dp/0415386438. Facilitating offenders to change is probably the most legitimate, and hopeful, aim we can have.
Check it out: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/sep/16/prisoners-involvement-rehabilitation
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