Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rehabilitation Report Reveals Failure

Traditional methods of rehabilitating criminals, whether youth—as in this study—or adults, does not work.

It will continue to fail until professionals realize that criminal behavior is largely a result of an internal decision in response to the truth of the world—as perceived by the criminal—and without a more potent truth; that of a personal conversion to Catholicism through deep exposure to Catholic social teaching, delivered by a reformed criminal who carries the criminal world respect ensuring penitential listening.

An excerpt from the Los Angeles Times article about another study showing traditional rehabilitation’s failure.

“Most children who enter group probation homes in Los Angeles County remain in lives of crime and drugs years later, according to a new Rand Corp. study.

“The bleak findings indicate a need to revamp the county's juvenile justice programs and increase funding, according to the report published in the April issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

"We cannot say that these group homes failed to improve anyone's life, but the large number of poor outcomes we observed raises questions about whether the juvenile justice system is as effective in rehabilitating delinquent youths as it should be," said Rajeev Ramchand, the study's lead author.

“The think tank's researchers began tracking nearly 450 youths who entered group homes in 1999 and 2000. The final survey, taken in 2007, located 395 of the original participants and found that 66% said they had done something illegal, other than using alcohol or drugs, in the previous year.”