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Summary: The different approaches of prison rehabilitation aim to help prisoners fit in the society upon their release.
Some prisoners may feel doomed within the walls of the jail. Others are hopeful that they won't be spending all their lives inside the prison. A number do not care what happens. There are prisoners who do not think about getting out of jail anymore. They are not excited about the idea of being shunned by the society. They feel that once outside again, work would be hard to come by and getting into trouble is not unlikely.
Prison rehabilitation has been put up to reduce the incidence of recidivism. Criminal experts feel the need for prison rehabilitation programs so that prisoner re-offending cases will be lessened. There are several methods or disciplines of prison rehabilitation. Some prisons are into the faith-based prison rehabilitation wherein religion is used to encourage inmates to adapt some moral values. For example, a New Zealand prison is implementing a Christian approach to its prison rehabilitation program. They are using prayer and spiritual transformation so that the prisoners who have been released will not have the tendency to be brought back in again. These prisons who are into the faith-based rehabilitation program want the inmates to explore their faith more deeply and encourage them to indulge in daily prayer and worship.
There are also prisons which practice the non-religious and non-medical approach to prison rehabilitation. Some of their programs last for about sic to eight months. One such example is the Second Chance Program, which is composed of four modules: drug rehabilitation module, education module, self-respect module, and life skills module. This program does not use alternative drugs for its drug rehabilitation module and the costs are extremely low compared to the other prison rehabilitation programs that use drugs and acquire the services of third party counselors.
Some prison units use a more rigid and strict discipline method of prison rehabilitation. Inmates are required to work in the fields. Some also incorporate some faith-based techniques so as to teach them some moral values. The Angola penitentiary, which was formerly known as the most violent jail in America has declared that they are basically going to keep their prisoners until it has been made sure that they won't 'hurt' anybody again. Angola's prison rehabilitation program has been put in question. People say that what the prisoners actually need is to be taught employable skills which are necessary to them once they are released back into the society.
Prison rehabilitation is not your assurance of salvation. However, it is to ensure that prisoners do not go out with the same attitude they had when they came in. And a totally different life should await them upon release.