Is offender rehabilitation a form of punishment?

Ward, Tony 2010, Is offender rehabilitation a form of punishment?, British journal of forensic practice, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 4-13.

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Title Is offender rehabilitation a form of punishment?
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Journal name British journal of forensic practice
Volume number 12
Issue number 4
Start page 4
End page 13
Publisher Pier Professional
Place of publication Hove, England
Publication date 2010-11
ISSN 1463-6646
Keyword(s) punishment
professional ethics
offender rehabilitation
Summary This paper examines the consequences of the overlap between punishment and rehabilitation practices, and inquires into the implications for individuals who assess and treat offenders. More specifically, I make three claims concerning the relationship between offender rehabilitation and punishment. First, rehabilitation as it is commonly understood in the offending arena contains some components that meet the criteria for punishment, in the ethical sense of that term. It is also true that there are aspects of rehabilitation that are focused directly on assisting offenders to live better lives (higher levels of well-being) and therefore which do not meet the criteria for punishment. Second, there are a number of significant practice implications that follow from the hybrid nature of offender rehabilitation. Third, Duff's communicative theory of punishment (Duff, 2001) offers clinicians a stronger justification for the punishment aspects of rehabilitation than its retributive and consequential rivals.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C2.1 Other contribution to refereed journal
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