Do you think that reintegrative shaming will work in rehabilitating criminals in contemporary society?
The theory of reintegrative shaming is that an offender, when released into a society that condemns the action yet still values the individual, will be less likely to commit the crime again. This supposes two things: that the offender feels ashamed of his action and that sense of shame is reinforced by others around him. If both of these exist, then reintegrative shaming can be an effective way to reduce crime. It is successful in many traditional societies, where people live in close contact with one another and know each other intimately.
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