Social Integration

 

Social Integration

Social integration within the context of drug related offenders and their relationship with the criminal justice system refers to an individual’s active participation in social institutions such as the labor force, families, communities, and schools.  Social integration programs provide individuals with health, education, labor, and other social services in order to prevent them from becoming involved in criminal behavior, to reverse/reduce participation in criminal behavior, or to reduce the likelihood of recidivism among individuals already in the criminal justice system.

Social reintegration interventions can be effective at every stage of the judicial process. However, this intervention should go beyond the judicial process.  These may include programs to divert offenders away from the criminal justice system to an alternative measure, imposing community-based sanctions rather than imprisonment, and giving support to offenders during the process of their reentry to society following imprisonment. Social integration strategies are integral to public security and social welfare policies, as they can contribute to reduced crime, reduced recidivism, reduced reliance on state services, increased family and community stability, and increased economic productivity.


updated on 11/19/2015 6:44:55 PM