Alternative Offender Rehabilitation and Social Justice:
Arts and Physical Engagement in Criminal Justice and Community Settings

Edited by Janelle Joseph and Wesley Crichlow
New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. 2015.

In Alternative Offender Rehabilitation and Social Justice: Arts and Physical Engagement in Criminal Justice and Community Settings, editors Janelle Joseph and Wesley Crichlow provide a unique approach to the use of alternative rehabilitation measures within the criminal justice system.

Chapter one, Meditation Practices and the Reduction of Aggression and Violence: Towards a Gender-Sensitive, Humanitarian, Healing-Based Intervention, the efficacy of mediation programs in addressing violence is discussed. This includes identifying rehabilitative-based practices that foster transformative change. The chapter concludes by highlighting populations in which the study of mediation is scant. Chapter two, “I Feel Mad Light”: Sharing Mindfulness-Based Strategies with Troubled Youth, components related to mindfulness-based practices are examined. Initiated by the conceptual premise as well as corresponding research, the setting in which this strategy is employed and the rationales are identified. The chapter concludes by highlighting challenges and implementation of this approach.

Chapter three, Physical Culture and Alternative Rehabilitation: Qualitative Insights from a Martial Arts Intervention Program, a rehabilitative approach that utilizes a martial arts approach is discussed. This includes a literature review and a specific program which describes actual procedures and results. The chapter concludes by highlighting key aspects from this process. Chapter four, Prison Yoga as a Correctional Alternative: Physical Culture, Rehabilitation, and Social Control in Canadian Prisons, the value of yoga in prison rehabilitation is discussed. This includes a literature review and organizational-based measures employed which identify challenges related to this approach. The chapter concludes by highlighting relative dynamics within prison settings.

Chapter five, Moving Beyond “Just Fun and Games”: The Process and Outcomes of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Programming for Institutionalized Girls, animal-assisted therapy among adolescents is examined. Information such as program development and results with an emphasis towards cognitive development and empowerment are provided. The chapter concludes by highlighting the efficacy of individual mentoring. Chapter six, The Art of Rehabilitation: Extracurricular Activities and the Disruption of Intergenerational Incarceration, the mitigating impact of art-related opportunities are examined among youth of incarcerated parents. This includes identification of data, measures employed, and results. The chapter concludes by disclosing the complexities associated with the recognition of behaviors associated with generational incarceration.

Chapter seven, Evaluating Drama-Based Crime Prevention: Problems, Politics, and New Directions, creative activities among youth in order to prevent and reduce offending are introduced. Through the evaluation of a play, the implications and evaluative merits associated with a drama-based crime prevention approach are examined. The chapter concludes by highlighting this approach in relation to understanding criminal and delinquent behavior among youth. Chapter eight, Scrimmage-Play: Writing and Reading Short Fiction with Incarcerated Men, the use of creative writing as a rehabilitative tool for incarcerated males is examined. In addition to highlighting the efficacy of art-intervention measures within institutionalized settings, specific research components were identified with an emphasis towards individual reflection as well as collective unity. The chapter concludes by discussing the merits of this approach.

In the concluding remarks, entitled Challenges and Prospects of an Alternative Rehabilitation a general review of the text is described which places emphasis on a number of components related to the alternative rehabilitation measures. This includes non-threating environments, the value of physical activity, social and individual awareness, and the function of gaming.

Alternative Offender Rehabilitation and Social Justice: Arts and Physical Engagement in Criminal Justice and Community Settings is a multifaceted well-written text that offers a comprehensive lens that undergirds the efficacy of cerebral development, introspection, and creative expression.

PATRICK WEBB
SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERISTY OF PHOENIX

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