A Success Story: Offender Rehabilitation as a Public Policy of Social Wellness

By Maria Dimaki.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Social wellness presupposes policies for the mental and physical health and welfare of individuals within the context of communities. Communities and governments should aim to provide strategies for the health, safety, and wellness of their people by distinguishing the possible differences among special populations, for example, bridging the social gap between recently released prisoners and society. Offender rehabilitation is a societal imperative to balance the harm inflicted by offending. To promote successful reentry into society, social reform programs should continue after incarceration, supported by the persistent efforts of past offenders and the community. This report used analysis of data collected from a survey on offending behavior and other sensitive subjects, through self-completed questionnaires and interviews, using the OVSAT (Offender-to-Victim Sequence Assessment Tool), which resulted in a proposed pattern of offenders’ social reform. Surveys were completed in 2011 by inmate attendees of educational programs in seven public-sector prisons in Greece (with a multinational convicted population), inmates of two correction facilities in Iran, and released-prisoner attendees of a reestablishment program in Iran. For programs and services that improve the criminal justice outcomes for released prisoners, underwriting public safety and individual welfare is an important objective. Both the society and the offender benefit from sharing responsibility for integrating to the community.

Keywords: Community Programs, Offenders and Society, Rehabilitation Pattern

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, November 2014, pp.113-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 611.736KB)).

Dr. Maria Dimaki

MD, Senior Lecturer, Department of Medicine, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Education: Degree in Medicine, University of Thessaly, Greece, 2008 Specialty in Psychiatry-Psychoanalysis, University of Glasgow PhD Candidate in Forensic Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh Experience: 2010-present: Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Glasgow 2009-2010: Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Chicago Research: Science and Religion: exploring the relation between science and religion through the lens of individuality Emotional Intelligence (EQ): A new handbook on EQ Ethics: A new model on ethical behavior of the individual Taboos in medical science Social Psychiatry and Democracy in modern world Euripide's tragedy seen as a psychiatric case From offender to victim to offender; a vicious circle, development of a new Test-questionnaire for identifying offender's victimization, research conducted in prisons in Greece and Iran