Earlier I talked a little bit about the punishment portion of prison, so today I want to look at the rehabilitation aspect. To be clear, there are those who believe that prison is not meant to be a place of rehabilitation; this article is going to take on the issue as if it is a part of what the prison system should be doing, and examine whether it is happening or not. Once we’ve established a bit more about what the purpose is behind rehabilitation is we may later explore whether it should be a fundamental part of prison.
Webster’s Dictionary defines “rehabilitate” the following way:
1b : to restore to good repute : reestablish the good name of
2b : to restore or bring to a condition of health or useful and constructive activity