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Monday, April 28, 2021

We’re all familiar with the socio-cultural explanations for why some people find themselves in a cycle of criminal activity and prison time. But I don’t think that I’ve ever come across a more succinct illustration of the syndrome than this, regarding an ex-convict work program in New Jersey:

It takes at least a year, [mechanic training school director Rich] Liebler said, to “deprogram” the felons. Most have never owned an alarm clock — months can pass before they show up for class on time — and few can name a family member with a regular job. “We treat them as if they were in a cult,” he said. “We have to reverse the thought process they’ve grown up into.”

This reinforces that there’s no next-day fix for rehabilitating someone who’s known nothing but a hardscrabble way of life. It’s a demanding approach and surely no guarantee of resulting in success, but it’s the right way to frame it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/28/2008 11:22:13 AM
Category: Society
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