Creating Cultured Criminals?

Sometimes prison can feel like a public rec center. You can take gardening classes. You can train a seeing-eye dog. You can learn to play a musical instrument.

The rationale: These things are healing and rehabilitative.

The counterargument: They just make more cultured criminals.

Read more about this debate in “Serenading the Beast.”


Actually vocational training may be more practical then cultural training. I have heard that some have been known to commit crimes and deliberately get caught, just to get back to prison because they aren't trained to earn a living.
Yeah, I like the job training offered in prisons. Rehabilitation *can* work for those who want to change.
How about "they make busy criminals". Who are busy doing other things besides telling stories of their crimes. That at least has some advantage.

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