Brian McCarty Posted 8 months ago Do jails (Gaols) rehabilitate? In my opinion, though prison systems vary worldwide, each has its own set of rules and routines. These routines are critical to inmates for the purpose of anchoring them to daily habits, which undoubtedly effects their sanity - as in the case of "Pavalov's Dog". People tend to fear the unexpected, such as the case when you change the routine within a correctional facility. Regardless of design, inmates will break the rules. I don't believe it's possible to create a perfect solution for rehabilitating criminal behavior. In America, prison systems are overcrowding, as the economy strains to pay the cost of "rehabilitation". Everyone wants to save money, and questions the rehabilitation process. The bottom line question people seem to ask is "If an inmate is rehabilitated in 20 years, why can't we save money by rehabilitating him/her in 10?" I believe in the future, we will see prosecution for drug offenses in decline. We will see more serious criminals sentenced to less time in order to lift correctional budgets. In fashion with community policing efforts, we will also see more "community corrections" programs where offenders check in periodically to stay on the straight and narrow.