By Tony Ward, Shadd Maruna

© 2007 – Routledge

216 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2007-05-03
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About the Book

Over the last two decades, empirical evidence has increasingly supported the view that it is possible to reduce re-offending rates by rehabilitating offenders rather than simply punishing them. In fact, the pendulum’s swing back from a pure punishment model to a rehabilitation model is arguably one of the most significant events in modern correctional policy. This comprehensive review argues that rehabilitation should focus both on promoting human goods (i.e. providing the offender with the essential ingredients for a 'good' life), as well as reducing/avoiding risk.

Offering a succinct summary and critique of the scientific approach to offender rehabilitation, this intriguing volume for students of criminology, sociology and clinical psychology gives a comprehensive evaluation of both the Risk-Need Model and the Good Lives Model.

Rehabilitation is a value-laden process involving a delicate balance of the needs and desires of clinicians, clients, the State and the public. Written by two international leading academics in rehabilitation research, this book argues that intervention with offenders is not simply a matter of implementing the best therapeutic technology and leaving political and social debate to politicians and policy makers.


'What this book has done is to bring to the forefront of criminological discussion the need for research and evaluation of rehabilitation. It is a crucial piece of work for all those that have tired of overcrowded prisons and laws that alienate a substantial portion of the society. This work suggests a direction for criminology and much needed progress focusing not only on the importance of rehabilitation but also on the fundamental significance of integrative approaches and methodologies. The work would also prove a beneficial read and new perspective for those practitioners working within the field of corrections, most fundamentally suggesting the need to move beyond cookie-cutter, pre-fabricated one size fits all psychoeducational treatment program models.'

-- Crime, Law, and Social Change, 2008

'This stimulating book introduces a relatively new approach to working with prisoners and those under probation supervision…It introduces ideas which will be of intense interest to those working in any capacity to support rehabilitation and an approach which, in its values and practicality, will appeal strongly to practitioners themselves. It deserves to be read and discussed widely.'

-- Probation Journal, 2008

'In conclusion, Rehabilitation: Beyond the Risk Paradigm is a compelling work which provides a stimulating account of rehabilitation and an accessible and rewarding discussion of the Risk-Need-Responsivity and GLM's respective theoretical frameworks.'

-Harry Annison, The Howard Journal

'As I have suggested, the fact that Rehabilitation does raise questions and can’t be read without engaging with it is a plus in my opinion. Big ideas should make us think about our assumptions, what we know, and how we work….If you want to get under the bonnet of the GLM [Good Lives Model] and feel a bit challenged by some of the ideas, have something to reflect upon then this may just be the pool-side book for you this summer. If you have a pool. And if we have a summer.'

-Forensic Update

Table of Contents

1. How Did ‘Rehabilitation’ Become a Dirty Word? 2. What is a Rehabilitation Theory? 3. The Risk-Need-Responsivity Model of Offender Rehabilitation 4. Evaluating the Risk-Need-Responsivity Model 5. The Good Lives Model of Offender Rehabilitation 6. Evaluating the Good Lives Model 7. In Search of Common Ground

About the Series

Key Ideas in Criminology

Key Ideas in Criminology explores the major concepts, issues, debates and controversies in criminology. The series provides authoritative essays on central topics within the broader area of criminology. Each book adopts a strong individual ‘line’, constituting original essays rather than literature surveys and offers lively and agenda setting treatments of their subject matter.

These books will appeal to students, teachers and researchers in criminology, sociology, social policy, cultural studies, law and political science.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General