Rehabilitation programs are crucial to address the conditions that lead people to commit crimes. Currently, effective rehabilitation programs are not offered in prisons; instead, the carceral system relies upon the erroneous assumption that incarceration itself fixes individual and social problems. In fact, prison conditions further entrench problematic behaviors. True rehabilitation allows incarcerated individuals to confront the offenses they committed, adopt new ways of thinking, and heal underlying trauma. The author, who has been incarcerated since 1989, identifies the lack of rehabilitation opportunities in prisons and offers a better, more humane way forward.
Frank Pruitt, The Correctional Institute of Nothing, 25 CUNY L. Rev. F. 57 (2022).