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Some Observations on Rehabilitation and Justice

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Current ‘just deserts’ models in criminal justice draw part of their support from a loss of faith in consequentialist aims of sentencing such as rehabilitation. Recent evidence concerning the effectiveness of rehabilitative efforts suggests a need to reconsider this aspect of ‘just deserts’ arguments. A more socially contextualised understanding of ‘justice’ is needed to make sense of the place of rehabilitative aims, but this also requires a more explicit linkage than currently exists between the goals of criminal justice and those of wider social policy.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Social Policy and Applied Social Studies, University of Wales, Swansea

Publication date: 1997-08-01

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