The Pros And Cons Of Special Needs In Prisons

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Register to read the introduction… They are not receiving the proper care in jail/prison facilities. There are a few ways that offenders who are deemed mentally challenged can be dealt with. To overcome this problem, a half way house would be the best option for these individuals. Housing them in a secure environment where there is medically and physiologically trained staff available to provide care for these individuals, while at the same time conducting the appropriate counseling and rehabilitation for them would be the best option. This option not only keeps them in a secure setting, and after they have undergone a successful adjustment to a secure halfway house, they can be moved to a less restrictive setting in the …show more content…
Incarceration would not provide them with the appropriate services and would not be cost effective. Simply incarcerating them would provide them with a disservice, it would only punish the offenders but not make an attempt to correct or alter the behavior of the individual. Proper steps through counseling, treatment, and diversion programs will provide these offenders with the proper care with more success to reduce recidivism that is cost effective. There are more groups of special needs offenders that reside in our prison and jails systems. They are categorized to include the following groups, mentally disordered offenders, elderly offenders, mentally handicapped, drug abuse or addict offender, and family violence offenders. All offenders who can be categorized into one of these criteria have special needs and require special care while incarcerated in our system. Often times requiring and demanding more from the facility they are incarcerated in which ties up more resources, money, and time. But we must take special care to provide those services to these individuals and provide a standard of care to them that is morally

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