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Rehabilitation of offenders

Rehabilitation of offenders is one of the priority goals in DCS. Tommy McAree and his Advisor: Dr. John Daniel conducted a study on Prisoner Rehabilitation in South Africa. It was a cases study of Phoenix Zululand's work in Eshowe Correctional Facility in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. For their findings please see [1]

Rehabilitation Programmes

The Art of Living movement in partnership with DCS to render rehabilitation services to those who are incarceration. The Art of Living movement was founded in 1981 by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,The Art of Living is an educational and humanitarian movement engaged in stress-management and service initiatives. The organization operates globally in 155 countries and has touched the lives of over 370 million people.

The programs are guided by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's philosophy of peace: "Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace." To help individuals get rid of stress and experience inner peace, The Art of Living offers stress-elimination programs which include breathing techniques, meditation and yoga. These programs have helped millions around the world to overcome stress, depression and violent tendencies.

The Art of Living movement has spread peace across communities through diverse humanitarian projects, including conflict resolution, disaster relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all, and environmental sustainability. To date Prison SMART has been very successful with 11 prisons having benefited from the program nationally, for more information see [2]

Does Spirituality and Religious Programming in Prison constitutes rehabilitation?

As with all programming in corrections there is a need for some way of ensuring and measuring both the performance and the quality of religious programming. For three years the entire religious services division of the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) assisted by the Center for Social Research has been engaged in a major review of its pastoral mission with a view to enhancing its quality and enabling the documentation of its impact. This teamwork resulted in a new mission statement and ministry plan for religious services within ODOC. The plan seeks to ensure quality and provide a foundation for a substantial and ongoing research project on the effectiveness of religious services. The mission statement incorporates both spiritual and rehabilitative goals.[3] Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) web page on Spirituality, Religion and What Works

Prisons shakeup to give governors more control over rehabilitation

UK Legislation to tackle jails crisis will hand staff greater powers over education, employment and health budgets. Prison governors are to be held to account for getting offenders off drugs, into jobs and learning English and maths under new powers to be detailed in the justice secretary’s flagship legislation to tackle the prison crisis. Read more... [4]

The Effectiveness of Correctional Rehabilitation: A Review of Systematic Reviews

The effects of correctional interventions on recidivism have important public safety implications when offenders are released from probation or prison. Hundreds of studies have been conducted on those effects, some investigating punitive approaches and some investigating rehabilitation treatments.

Lipsey, M.W. & Cullen, F.T. (2007). The Effectiveness of Correctional Rehabilitation: A Review of Systematic Reviews. Annual Review of Law and Social Science. 3:297–320. [5]

Seven International Prisons That Put Rehabilitation Before Punishment

A report from Penal Reform International, an international criminal justice advocacy organization, highlights countries that are actively trying to change recidivism rates by offering inventive, productive programs to prisoners while they while away the hours behind bars. Read more ... [6]