By Dawn Moore
Attitudes towards crime, criminals, and rehabilitation have shifted significantly, but the concept there's a causal hyperlink among drug habit and crime prevails. As legislations reformers demand habit remedy as a treatment to the failing conflict on medications, it's also time to think about the intense implications of becoming a member of criminal and healing practices in an assumedly benevolent bid to remedy the criminal. Case reports from drug remedy courts and habit therapy courses illustrate the tensions among legislation and psychology, therapy and punishment, and conflicting theories of dependancy. via having a look interestingly at the legal addict as an artefact of legal justice, this ebook asks us to query why the criminalized drug consumer has turn into the sort of concentration of up to date legal justice practices.
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I imagined doing a history of the programs offered by the CSC and then spending time in the prisons watching their implementation and interviewing the prison officials involved in their make-up and delivery as well as the prisoners who were subject to them. After several months of negotiations with the CSC, it became clear that they were not comfortable with granting me the kind of access I required. In fact, they eventually refused to grant me any access at all. Luckily, the Ontario Ministry of Public Safety and Security (OMPSS, as it was then known; throughout, I refer to it as “the Ministry”) was just getting its probation treatment program under way, and officials were happy to grant me access to the probationers involved in the program, although I could not sit in on program sessions.
Thus, even while the etiological link between drugs and crime holds fast, the particulars of the criminal addict change to fit the wider landscape. By charting the rise and endurance of this character, it is possible to see how discourses and practices reroute, laying open the opportunity to invoke this personage in different political climates. The Project of Change The claim that those who break the law can be rehabilitated is not new. Lawbreakers have been “worked on” in the hope of effecting real and lasting reforms in the individual for the last two hundred years.
Those critical of rehabilitation would clearly contest such claims (Proctor and Rosen 1994; Kendall 2001). In talking about eras, we obfuscate practices to the point where the “rehabilitative era” can only be marked by attempts to treat – initiatives that are necessarily more liberal and less harsh than are the bids to punish that accompany an era of incapacitation (Moore and Hannah-Moffat 2005). In shedding “eras” in favour of “projects,” it is also possible to extract the analysis from these bifurcations and thus to reveal the punitive nature of all sanctioning, including that which claims to be therapeutic.