The Effectiveness of Correctional Rehabilitation

Reconsidering the “Nothing Works” Debate
  • Francis T. Cullen
  • Paul Gendreau
Part of the Law, Society and Policy book series (LSPO, volume 4)


From its inception in the 1820s, the American prison was meant to be more than a sturdy cage of high, thick, stone walls in which the wayward could be restrained. The prison’s founders called their invention a “penitentiary,” a label that embodied their optimism that this carefully planned social institution had the power to reform even the most wicked spirit (Rothman, 1971).


Criminal Justice Correctional Treatment Crime Control Juvenile Offender Criminal Justice Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis T. Cullen
    • 1
  • Paul Gendreau
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Centracare Saint John Inc.Saint JohnCanada

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