It can’t be overstated. Rehabilitation is the process of helping a defendant address the underlying issues that led to their criminal behavior, such as substance abuse, mental health issues, or a lack of education or job skills. 

Rehabilitation plays a key role in every sentence. First and foremost, rehabilitative efforts help Defendants avoid future criminal behavior by fixing the underlying problem. Rehabilitative efforts show the judge that the defendant is committed to making positive changes in their life. The early rehabilitation efforts may lead to a sentence of probation, instead of incarceration. . 

The Sentencing Analysis puts a Defendant in touch with rehabilitation resources such as: 

  • Veteran’s services, including inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs. 
  • Alcohol and drug assessments that determine the extent of a substance use disorder, and the appropriate level of counseling. 
  • Anger Management counseling for assault and domestic violence cases. 
  • General counseling for theft offenses, child abuse, anxiety or depression. 
  • Inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment for drug addiction
  • Inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment for alcohol abuse.  

Rehabilitation is a powerful tool to correct criminal behavior. It enhances public safety, and puts Defendants is good standing with their family, friends, and the community. A Defendant’s  commitment to rehabilitation shows the Judge they are taking steps to prevent criminal behavior.

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