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NCJ Number: 97918 Find in a Library
Title: What Works When - Rational-Choice Theory and Offender Rehabilitation
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:13  Issue:3  Dated:(1985)  Pages:269-277
Author(s): T Orsagh; M E Marsden
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 9
Grant Number: 81-IJ-CX-0061
Dataset: DATASET 1
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The currently fashionable statement that 'nothing works' overstates the case against rehabilitation. Rehabilitation efforts may be effective if addressed to specific offender populations delineated on the basis of causal theory.
Abstract: Causal theory can specify the mechanisms and conditions under which treatment can work. The utility of rational-choice theory in improving the effectiveness of rehabiliatation efforts is discussed. Rational-choice theory describes and 'economically motivated offender' to whom income-enhancing treatment, such as skills training, can be most effectively applied. The mechanism by which income-enhancing treatment works is through improving the offender's taste for income or his/her taste for work. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Economic analysis of crime; Rehabilitation; Vocational training
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