Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Readiness for Rehabilitation

Florida Coastal Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 111, 2006

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 06-32

22 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2006  

David B. Wexler

University of Puerto Rico - School of Law; University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Abstract

After about a quarter of a century, we seem finally to have turned the correctional corner, leaving behind a nothing works mentality, and finally embarking upon a more promising path. Empirical research is indeed suggesting that certain rehabilitative programs can have real value, and correctional authorities are taking note.

Even with such programs in place, however, real success should follow only if incarcerated persons are motivated to participate and to engage fully in the enterprise. What makes for motivated inmates? There is now an emerging body of research on responsivity to treatment or readiness for rehabilitation.

This essay looks through a therapeutic jurisprudence lens at how the LAW - more precisely, how the behavior of lawyers and judges - may impact help-seeking behavior and willingness to undertake rehabilitative efforts.

Keywords: therapeutic jurisprudence, readiness for rehabilitation, responsivity, sentencing, criminal lawyers, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminology, criminal justice

Suggested Citation

Wexler, David B., Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Readiness for Rehabilitation. Florida Coastal Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 111, 2006; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 06-32. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=929014

David B. Wexler (Contact Author)

University of Puerto Rico - School of Law ( email )

PO Box 23349
San Juan.PR, AZ 00931
Puerto Rico
787-565-1625 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: https://law.arizona.edu/david-b-wexler

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States
787-565-1625 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: https://law.arizona.edu/david-b-wexler

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