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Redefine the term "rehabilitation" in context of prison

The way I understand it, prisons are established for three reasons. 1. Deterrance: fear of getting caught keeps people from committing crime. 2) segregation: Keep people who have harmed others from doing it again. 3) Rehabilitation: the idea that the criminal will change in some way so to not break the law again.

I think the idea of deterrance is good. I also believe deparating criminals is a good idea, but ONLY if they endanger others. I do not believe the current prison system is concerned with rehabilitation. The term needs to be dropped, redefined, or removed. If anything, the prison does worse than rehabilitate.

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  • Feb 18 2014: Yes, Esteban, I know. I was employing sarcasm to show that retribution does not fix anything. I was not advocating kicking child abusers. It only exascerbates the problem. Jail is essential. I know there are absolutely evil people, and we rarely see them, because they are in jail. They may be demons for all I know. I know that I feel better that they are in jail. Segregation is OK, but rehabilitation is tough. And deterrence? Well, that's a joke. Odds are, you won't get caught, but if you do, your life is over because the system is quicksand. Doesn't matter what it is. We all have our vices. What percentage of the population has used drugs.? Or driven while intoxicated? Or cheated on taxes? Stolen from work? Hit someone in the face? We do it because we get away with it, not because we are not afraid of the consequences or getting caught. The consequences are unimaginable.
    • Feb 19 2014: Andy,

      Individuals think they get away with it, when the truth of the matter is that the consequences are unimaginable ... in both good and not so good ways... a simple smile can change it all... you are right the way the system is set up it be quicksand...
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        Feb 19 2014: Really Esteban.....a simple smile can change it all....good luck with that!
        • Feb 19 2014: Yes Colleen a friendly attitude can change it all... especially if it stems from them :-)
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        Feb 19 2014: I wholeheartedly agree Esteban, that a smile and friendly attitude can contribute to change in every aspect of the life adventure. I do not expect that a smile and friendly attitude "can change it all", as you say. It may be one contributing factor:>)
        • Feb 19 2014: Colleen,

          I think you will agree that when an individual changes, 'everything' changes...
          To make it more personal, when oneself changes, 'everything' changes...
          The way to change the whole is through changing oneself...

          Each one contributes to change in every aspect of the life adventure.
          Like the children's books story "I think I can..." comes to mind.

          Maybe I could change the words, maybe the words need to be changed ...
          '"I think I can, I feel I can, I'll be at it till its done"
          "there, see it, hear it, touch it, smell it, taste it, appreciate it all and let's be grateful"
          '"I think I can, I feel I can, I'll be at it till its done"
          "there it is, done. see it, hear it, touch it, smell it, taste it, appreciate it all and let's be grateful"
          "I thought I could... and did find out about that truth"
          "now it's time for the next life adventure!"
          "be it in a dream be it for real: "I'll think I can... till I find the way and get it done".
          "there it is, done. see it, hear it, touch it, smell it, taste it, appreciate it enjoy it all and let's be grateful"


          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Engine_That_Could
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        Feb 19 2014: Esteban,
        I am well aware of the story of the Little Engine That Could.....I learned that as a wee little lass, and think of it sometimes for encouragement:>)
        • Feb 19 2014: Sometimes it nice to retell the nice stories ... for encouragement and for a bunch of other reasons... I think that individuals live with certain story-lines and dreams that help them ... of course some stories help to do good stuff and some serve to do other stuff... How one interprets the story also changes the story... look into david and goliath ( http://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_the_unheard_story_of_david_and_goliath.html )for how one can redefine terms and roles...

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