By Jack Bush
This publication attracts at the newest literature to spotlight a basic problem in criminal rehabilitation; it questions the facility of latest methods to deal with this problem, and proposes another technique of felony justice that integrates keep watch over, chance, and autonomy.
• presents an up-to-the-minute overview of the hyperlinks among cognition and legal habit, in addition to remedy and rehabilitation
• Engages without delay with the delinquent underpinnings of legal habit, a big obstacle to remedy and rehabilitation
• Outlines a transparent process for speaking with offenders that is firmly rooted within the “What Works” literature, is evidence-based, and gives a manner of enticing even the main delinquent of offenders by means of featuring them with significant possibilities to change
• deals hands-on directions established upon the real-life strategies and presentation of the high-risk offender
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Although we make Step Three as unthreatening as we can (“Just think up a new way to think”), that does not make it easy to do. When Step Two has targeted deep-seated attitudes and personal principles, it is often hard to think of alternatives. But that, we suggest, is exactly the struggle offenders need to engage in – and win – in order to find their way out of their pro-criminal attitudes into a pro-social way of life. Struggling with Step Three is a good sign, and we do not let them off the hook: OFFENDER: I can think, “It’s not my problem that he insulted my brother” and I can think, “I’ll only get in trouble if I get revenge on him,” but when it comes to the need I feel to get revenge on people for something like that?
In a sense and to varying degrees, we all grew up professionally in the blossoming era of evidence-based practice. And each of us experienced frustration in our encounters with the culture of actual forensic practice. With a background of counseling voluntary and semi-voluntary clients, Parker felt some contradictions in the “what works” literature. How do you individualize treatment while maintaining program integrity? How do you keep relatively unmotivated high-risk offenders involved in community treatment programs geared more to motivated medium-risk offenders?
It is easy to imagine that most of us would be this way most of the time if we were not so well brought up, or if there were no laws, or if laws were not enforced. However, on a closer look, criminal behavior is not so simple. The most persistent offenders seem to be immune to caring about the harm they do to others. Law enforcement and punishment seem not to deter them. They seem perversely determined to be as they are, and to stay that way. Something more than “normal human selfishness” is going on here.
Cognitive Self Change: How Offenders Experience the World and What We Can Do About It by Jack Bush