The justice system not only protects people from certain individuals’ harmful actions and enforces punishment, but also attempts to rehabilitate these individuals. Sometimes, courts recommend that they engage in educational programs that help them understand the consequences for their actions and find healthier alternatives and coping mechanisms. There are a variety of courses that tackle specific behaviors or crimes.
Addictive substances such as alcohol and drugs impair the mind and can lead to destructive and harmful behaviors. The court can order substance abuse courses when these substances are involved in various crimes.
- Driving under the influence
- Public intoxication
- Possession of illegal substance
- Connection to another charge
These classes vary in length and discuss relevant topics such as substance identification, health impact and addiction warning signs. There are even adult courses for tobacco, even though its use and possession are only illegal to minors.
There is a strong connection between people’s inability to control negative emotions and crime. Anger management classes may be required for people involved in acts such as fist fights, car accidents and vandalism. They can also be accompanied with other courses such as domestic violence, drug/alcohol abuse and more depending on the case. These courses teach students how to make better decisions, de-escalate hostile situations and control intense emotions.
While classes involving substance abuse, domestic violence and anger management are common, there are several courses that focus on specific charges. For instance, a john school diversion program educates prostitution clients about the inherent risks such as violence and STDs. Meanwhile, a bad check course teaches the consequences of fraud and responsible financial practices. There are even classes for juvenile issues like bullying and curfew violations.
A fair criminal justice system focuses on social reintegration for offenders. These specific classes help people understand their impact on others and become responsible and empathetic citizens.