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Citations for “Hiring Ex-Offenders: Time For a Different Approach”

October 9, 2012 09:06:35 am
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WILLIAM BURRELL

Citations for “Hiring Ex-Offenders: Time For a Different Approach

The Crime Report  Oct 8 2012

 

1 Sampson, R.J., & Laub, J.H. (1993). Crime in the making: Pathways and turning points through life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

 

2 Mose, Marilyn (2012) “Ex-Offender Job Placement Programs Do No Reduce Recidivism” Corrections Today. August/September issue. Pp. 106-108.

 

3 Andrews, D.A., & Bonta, J. (2010). The psychology of criminal conduct. 5th ed. New Providence, NJ: Matthew Bender & Co.

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Posted by Keith Barton, MD, Medical Director of Community Oriented Correctional Health Services
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:15

Dr. Burrell observes that people who have never held a job often have a dim view of those who have held jobs, and they often lack the cultural values and commitments that make life in the work-a-day world tolerable or even enjoyable. Dr. Sampson has made a career out of teaching criminals how to change their ways of thinking and in order to become employed. This is important work and it deserves attention.
  At the same time, another factor at play is the high rate of addiction in the underclass that fills jails and prisons. Addiction is partly an outcome of criminal thinking, and partly a contributor to criminal thinking, yet it has its own dynamic and sustains itself through physiological mechanisms. These physiological mechanisms are amenable to medical treatment in the same way that criminal thinking is amenable (we hope) to the reprogramming strategies of Drs. Burrell and Sampson.
  It is important to consider as many factors as possible, and to treat those which are treatable in order to reduce the inordinate number of people in jails and prisons. It would also help to have more jobs, which is yet another issue that demands attention and federal policy.

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