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Criminology (1st edn)

Steve Case, Phil Johnson, David Manlow, Roger Smith, and Kate Williams
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p. 68425. Rehabilitation of offenderslocked

p. 68425. Rehabilitation of offenderslocked

  • Steve Case, Steve CaseProfessor of Criminology, University of Loughborough
  • Phil Johnson, Phil JohnsonCriminology Lecturer and Academic Subject Leader, University Centre at Blackburn College
  • David Manlow, David ManlowPrincipal Lecturer in Criminology
  • Roger SmithRoger SmithProfessor of Social Work, Durham University
  •  and Kate WilliamsKate WilliamsSenior Lecturer in Criminology, Aberystwyth University


This chapter examines the concept of rehabilitation as an approach to crime and criminality, along with its implications for criminal justice practices. It first explains what rehabilitation is before discussing the different objectives to which rehabilitation aspires. It then considers five main assumptions underlying the principle of rehabilitation as well as alternative models of rehabilitation. It also explores how rehabilitation is organised and administered, focusing on probation; models and practices in the delivery of rehabilitative services, including cognitive behavioural therapy and the ‘Good Lives Model’; and the achievements and outcomes of rehabilitative interventions. The chapter concludes with an assessment of the impact and limitations of rehabilitation.

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