Essay on The Rehabilitation Model Of Justice

1262 Words Nov 17th, 2014 6 Pages
Within the Criminal Justice System of Canada, legal practices are continually influenced and governed by criminological theories and legal knowledge. With particular reference to course material, R. v. Paul-Hector draws significant reference to the Rehabilitation Model of Justice, the notion of probationary sentences, the importance of aggravating and mitigating factors and the concept of sentencing. The objective of this analysis is to determine the importance of the aforementioned elements in relation to R. v. Paul-Hector and explain their similarity to course material.
R. v. Paul-Hector adapts the major tenets of the Rehabilitation Model subsection of control philosophies by encompassing its traditional concepts and applying them directly in a court of law. The Rehabilitation Model is centered on the belief that “Crime is the result of factors outside the control of the individual” (Gordon, 2014) and for this reasoning more attention should be directed towards the offender as opposed to the offence. A rehabilitation system is discretionary and places the power in court officials to determine the length and type of punishment. (Goff, 2014: 91) In the case of R. v. Paul-Hector, the nature of the punishment was centered on the rehabilitation of the accused through counseling at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa; a center for women at risk for conflicts with the law. This similarly depicts the characteristics of the Rehabilitation Model of Justice by providing the accused…

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