1st Edition

Approaches to Offender Rehabilitation in Asian Jurisdictions

Edited By Chi Meng Chu, Michael Daffern Copyright 2024
    292 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book aims to understand how Asian jurisdictions conceptualise rehabilitation within both the correctional and forensic mental health sectors.

    Little has been written about rehabilitation practices for people in criminal justice and forensic mental health services in Asia. Although there is some recognition of the need to develop and/or adjust rehabilitation practices for non-white/non-western peoples in Western jurisdictions, the extent to which Western-derived practices have been considered, adjusted, or adopted in Asian countries is not well known. This book includes contributions from an international team who explore the ways in which history, culture, religion, and resources impact how rehabilitation is conceptualised and offered in multiple Asian countries. It aims to provide an understanding of the relative merits of contemporary Western practices across different Asian countries and consider how these practices have been adopted and adapted within correctional and forensic mental health sectors.

    This book is essential for administrators who are developing rehabilitation strategies and for practitioners working with people who have a history of offending behaviour.


    1. Introduction (Chi Meng Chu and Michael Daffern)

    2. Cross-Cultural Responsiveness and Cross-National Approaches in Offender Rehabilitation: Research and Practice Considerations (Armon Tamatea)

    East Asia

    3. Reform and Punishment: An Overview of Correctional Rehabilitation in Mainland China (Yixuan Wang and Jianhong Liu)

    4. Offender Rehabilitation in Hong Kong: Current Practice and Service Development (Aaron H. L. Wong, Wing Hong Chui, and Frank Wong)

    5. Current Issues in Offender Assessment and Rehabilitation in Japan (Masaru Takahashi)

    6. Rehabilitation Practices in Macao: An Overview of Approaches and Recent Developments  (Donna Soi Wan Leong and Jianhong Liu)

    7. An Overview of Crime Trends and Rehabilitation Practices in South Korea (Seung Chan Lee, JeongSook Yoon, and Yongmyeng Keum)

    8. Offender Rehabilitation in Taiwan (Victor Tien-Cheng Chen)

     South East Asia

    9. Rehabilitation of People who Have Offended in Indonesia (Zora A. Sukabdi and Kim J. Wheeler)

    10. Singapore’s Multi-pronged Approach in the Rehabilitation of Persons who have Offended (Carmelia Nathen, Melvinder Singh, and Kala Ruby)

    11. Forensic Rehabilitation and Processes in Thailand (Weerapong Samontree and Apichat Saengsin)

     South Asia

    12. Correctional and Forensic Mental Health Services in Bangladesh (Al Aditya Khan, Howard Ryland, Helal Uddin Ahmed, Md. Amir Hussain, and Andrew Forrester)

    13. Care, Management and Rehabilitation of Offenders in India (Bhavika Vajawat, Guru S. Gowda, Jaydip Sarkar, and Pratima Murthy)

    14. Forensic rehabilitation in Sri Lanka (Angelo de Alwis and Susitha Mendis)


    15. Culturally Responsive Offender Rehabilitation: Future Directions (Brandon Burgess and Alicia Nidjam-Jones)


    Chi Meng Chu is Senior Principal Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, as well as Director of Translational Social Research Division and Strategic Planning Office at the National Council of Social Service in Singapore. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore.

    Michael Daffern is a clinical psychologist who has worked in prisons and in general and forensic mental health services. He is Professor of Clinical Forensic Psychology and Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

    “I am delighted to welcome this important and wide-ranging book on offender rehabilitation in many different Asian countries. It should be of great interest to criminologists, psychologists, social scientists, and criminal justice policy-makers and practitioners throughout the world.”

    David P. Farrington, Emeritus Professor of Psychological Criminology, Cambridge University   

    “Chu and Daffern have assembled a marvelous collection of chapters that describe the efforts and challenges of developing and implementing rehabilitation across a diversity of Asian countries. This book will certainly become a fixture on the bookshelves of researchers and practitioners in Asia. For Western readers, however, do not be misled by the title. This book offers valuable lessons for rehabilitation programming in non-Asian jurisdictions.”

    James Bonta, Ph.D., author,of The Psychology of Criminal Conduct

    “The book, Approaches to Offender Rehabilitation in Asian Jurisdictions, constitutes a laudable effort to draw attention to the field of forensic mental health. This edited volume – edited by Chi Meng Chu and Michael Daffern, two internationally recognized experts – represents a significant step in the study of offender assessment, management, and rehabilitation in the Asia continent. This book brings together scholars and practitioners from different Asian countries and adds to the literature on offender rehabilitation in several ways including better understanding how offender rehabilitation is strategized and delivered in different countries. It is an invaluable reference for scholars, field practitioners, policymakers, and graduate students interested in this field of study. Highly recommended!”

    Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Criminology, Department of Social Policy, Sociology, and Criminology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom