Punishment Versus Rehabiliation

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Punishment Versus Rehabilitation
Isabel Nevarez
University of Phoenix
Nicholas Russo
August 17, 2015

This paper, I will discuss the issues of punishment versus rehabilitation. I will point out issues on how punishment and rehabilitation affects deterrence of crime, how it affects victims and their family. I will also discuss how it affects offenders, the impact it has on society, and the fiscal impact upon society. Punishment and rehabilitation helps the inmate in different ways. This will show both pros and cons to punishment and rehabilitation.
Punishment versus Rehabilitation
The criminal justice system uses two objectives, these are punishment and rehabilitation. Society looks at these two with high prospects but the
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If the offender was on probation or parole, the victim could benefit since the offender could pay restitution. If the offender is on probation/ parole they have a chance to join programs that are offered by the courts in which the offender could benefit the victims and their family. There are certain programs which allow victims to be face to face with the offender, hoping that the offender could understand how the criminal act they committed has affected the victim’s life. This may also help the victim heal by talking to the offender face to face and telling the offender what effect the crime has had on their life.
Impact upon offender/family
When an offender is sent to prison it could affect them psychologically and emotionally. Offenders can become depressed due to separation from family, and society. Especially if it is one who committed a first time crime. Incarceration of an offender can hurt the family structure, leaving one parent to raise children, and having to find two jobs to be able to provide for their families. Once the offenders are released from prison they have the risk of offending again. Not being able to find employment could lead to this, as many offenders have committed felonies and when they apply for a job it comes up in the criminal history check and right away they are turned away without a chance.
Impact upon society
Society has a number of many people, different beliefs, nationalities and upbringings. Everyone has