A sweeping review found no evidence that rehabilitation programs were reducing recidivism rates.
criminology largely abandoned the idea of rehabilitation.
Are we going to put the first on probation and sentence the latter to a long-term prison?
”By the end of the summary, Martinson indicated that “nothing works.” Although he found a few instances of partial success, he nonetheless concluded that ”I am bound to say that these data, involving over two hundred studies and hundreds of thousands of individuals as they do, are the best available and give us very little reason to hope that we have in fact found a sure way of reducing recidivism through rehabilitation.”You might think this means that prisons simply need to do better rehabilitation, not forsake it all-together.
Martinson considered the possibility that these findings suggest offenders should be treated outside the prison, but quickly dismissed that idea.
In their review, he and his colleagues found no evidence that treatment outside the prison was any more effective than treatment in prison.
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