2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

A Physicist, a Philosopher and a Politician: What we can learn from Einstein, Kant and Churchill
Alice M. Walkley
Dr. Cutis Blakely, Faculty Mentor

For the past three decades prison-related scholarship and practice have collectively ignored offender rehabilitation as a legitimate penal pursuit. This has stifled the development and use of innovative forms of therapeutic intervention intended to reduce recidivism rates and lower prison populations. The absence of therapeutic pursuits within the contemporary prison signifies a state of ideological imbalance. Prison specialization is offered as a potential solution to restore this balance while helping break the criminogenic cycle. With the creation of specialized prisons, the less experienced and more impressionable inmate can be rehabilitated in an environment free from the corrupting influence of the more experienced and hardened offender.

Keywords: penology, prison specialization, rehabilitation, inmate, prison

Topic(s):Justice Systems

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 42-2
Location: MG 2090
Time: 1:30

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