Rehabilitation: Nothing Works or Something Works? Choice Works.

This 1989 Washington Post article takes Martinson’s classic “nothing works” conclusion to task. It implys that Martinsons method was short sighted and overly stated. What seems to be the understated implication of the Post piece is that political support of rehabilitation programs does not necessarily translate into effective rehabilitations (a conclusions Martinson would most surely have agreed with). In other words, maybe Martinson meant “nothing the political apparatus can do will work to rehabilitate.” The innovative techniques of psychotherapy and community based rehabilitation program require hard budget constraints to be discovered and applied efficiently.

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