Tag Archive | rehabilitation

Lost to the System

Following on from my last post, often people will re-offend and return to prison intentionally because of that old cliché; institutionalisation. It’s not fully understood by most people, so it tends to get the eyes rolling when it is blamed for some breaking the law again. But I’ve seen it first hand. Continue reading

The Change that isn’t Seen

Perhaps the biggest problem I’ve seen with the British prison system over the past twelve years is the way it defines change. It seems to be the case that unless the system can claim responsibility for a prisoner’s change in attitude and thinking, by putting it down to the courses they’ve provided, then they won’t recognise that change at all. Continue reading

Stockholm Syndrome

According to wikipedia, Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in abducted hostages, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger or risk in which they have been placed.

Let me rephrase that into less specific terms. Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in people detained against their will, in which those detained begin to adapt their thinking in line with those who are detaining them, regardless of the extreme circumstances in which they find themselves.

How is that different from rehabilitation?

Just a thought.

Punishment or Rehabilitation?

It’s an age-old debate: What do we want from our justice system? Punishment or Rehabilitation? For the past few Governments, it would seem that the aim has been both, but this may be why neither has been achieved very effectively. Continue reading