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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 01:14 PM
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119. If we accept that behavior is a result of thinking,
then improvement in thinking is necessary for improvement in behavior. My experience is that criminals have lived for many years with various types of bad thinking before their behavior finally got to the point where the law stepped in and locked them up.

Some examples: "I'm a victim (of a bad childhood, of an unfair system), so I'll focus on that rather than my own part in my troubles."

"I don't have time for boring things. I like excitement and instant results."

"I'm really a nice person; people just don't understand me."

"The laws don't apply to me, because I'm a little better than others."

And so on. Behavioral education consists of a curriculum that examines these problems in thinking (shared by everyone but acted on by criminals to the extent that others are seriously harmed), a delivery system that relies on required participation, and rewards of increasing levels of freedom and privilege as lessons are mastered and appropriate behavior is maintained over time.

The idea is that as long as criminal behavior is justified by the existence of an unfair system or an unjust society, there is no real reason to change. A graduated system of custody levels, if properly managed and integrated with a philosophy of respect and pro-social behavior, can have some real results in reduction of violence within the system and lowering recidivism.

The problem is that it's just too expensive to maintain throughout the entire corrections world.
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