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Addressing patterns of criminal behavior

Details: After returning from Las Vegas, Dr. Junger is waiting for you. "I heard you presented very well in Las Vegas," he jokes, "but it's time to get back to work. Here is the ...there is more show problem

Details: After returning from Las Vegas, Dr. Junger is waiting for you. "I heard you presented very well in Las Vegas," he jokes, "but it's time to get back to work. Here is the case history of one of the offenders here at the prison. I need to assess her case history before she can begin a program of rehabilitation. Before I make an assessment, however, I would like you to look at the case and research some methods used to rehabilitate and change the behavior of offenders. We'll have five to ten minutes in a quick sit down meeting later today where you can recommend a behavior modification program you think might be successful with this offender."

Here is the case history:

Name: SMITH, Michelle R.

Prisoner: 6897

Age: 20

Criminal History: Truancy, vagrancy, petty theft, prostitution, drug possession

Treatment to Date: SMITH has participated in group therapy but has been so far unresponsive to all attempts to learn about her home-life or why she committed her crimes.

Prepare a brief you can use to provide information to Dr. Junger regarding why you think one of the various methods of criminal behavior modification will work with this offender.

Objective: Describe method for changing criminal behavior
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You have been presented more than one challenge in this assignment. The first thing you may want to consider is which of the problems in Ms. Smith's criminal history is most likely the cause, resulting in other criminal activities.

Truancy would indicate her problems began when still in school. Was she a vagrant because she ran away from home or because her parents "threw her out?" Was she using drugs which led to the truancy and then vagrancy? Being a vagrant her sources for livelihood would be limited and would likely lead to petty theft and prostitution. It would appear, then that the problem to be addressed first would be drug use. Rehabilitating her from the use of drugs would necessarily include the cause of drug use in the first place. Dr. Junger states that "group therapy" has not been successful in revealing her home life or what led to her ...

Solution Summary

Group therapy has failed to "open up" a young woman who has displayed criminal behavior since her teens. The solution addresses methods of dealing with this type of inappropriate and often criminal behavior and establishing healthy, acceptable behavior that will stop her recidivism. It will suggest a variety of behavioral therapies which must be followed precisely should they be judged as successful or unsuccessful in their goal of restructuring behavior.

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