Criminal Law – Rehabilitation Difficulties
In criminal law, rehabilitation refers to the path taken by the state and courts that is aimed to make a prisoner suitable for re-entry into society. Many difficulties exist with rehab treatment, however. We’ll go through a few of the troubles in this article so you get a good idea of what can go wrong in legal cases where this is an option.
At the very top of the list, there is the little problem of lack of research. No studies have been undertaken to determine exactly how different people, from all walks of life, handle the same rehabilitation tactics and situations. People just respond differently to the same things in the same circumstances, and this is well understood by the psychologists who are responsible for plotting rehab plans; we wonder, then, why no intensive studies have as of yet not been carried out by the same people. It is possible, some conspiracy theorists claim, that their interests prevent them from launching such an investigation. Others have cited the huge costs and privacy concerns that would no doubt play a part in hindering any such effort.
Another point to consider, and this has proven to be a big point in battling traditional rehabilitation plans, is that it is not the rehab but rather the history of the individual that needs the most addressing. The psychological background is of huge importance to a successful recovery.
The major difficulty of rehab programs worldwide preventing a universal implementation is cost. It is understood that to imprison somebody in the United States already costs upwards of fifty thousand U.S. dollar every year, and the cost is similar in other, less prosperous countries. These poorer states simply cannot afford to implement extensive rehab systems due to the huge cost with attracting qualified psychologists and mental health experts. This is the sad plight that prevents the same privileges being give to everybody around the world.
These are just some of the difficulties faced by those wishing to finally see universal rehabilitation treatment options for prisoners and convicts in more than 130 states and countries. To make this a possibility, all of the above need to be carefully looked at. In-depth studies should be undertaken and the results really must be made available to everyone. In criminal law cases, this is a necessity to help society and the defendants themselves.