Punishing, treating and preventing crime
An obvious question to ask about offenders is, how can they be prevented from reoffending? This chapter examines some of the ways in which the judicial system responds to offenders, starting with a discussion of imprisonment and then considering some of the alternatives to prison. Consideration is then given to a number of psychological ‘treatments’ for offending which are examined in terms of their effectiveness in preventing reoffending. Finally, some strategies for crime prevention are discussed.