Violent crimes are among the most severe and can have damaging, long-term effects on victims and perpetrators alike. Some career criminals continue to re-offend despite having already served time behind bars.
Preventing recidivism from violent crimes requires intervention and support. Your careful and firm approach to helping someone you love overcome violent tendencies could provide life-saving outcomes.
Education during incarceration
You can encourage your loved one to learn about which education opportunities the prison provides. Many establishments have options for inmates to participate in. These classes teach skills that your loved one will find useful throughout life. Skill-building courses may address teamwork, conflict resolution and general education support.
Participation in anger management
Another option that could help your family member improve is participation in an anger management course. According to The Tampa Bay Times, violent crimes include several index offenses such as murder, burglary, motor vehicle theft, sexual offenses, robbery, aggravated assault and larceny.
A course that retrains the brain about how to respond under pressure and how to address anger and other strong emotions could be a game changer. Completing an anger management course could provide incomparable mental and emotional support for someone eager to change bad habits.
Successful reentry into society
Reentering society after incarceration might have its challenges for your family member. You can provide support during this difficult time when you give encouragement. Assist your loved one with finding a job and give praise for improvements in behavior.
Just because your loved one committed a violent crime once does not mean an unavoidable lifetime of crime. Your ability to show support might give your family member the push needed to make worthwhile goals and permanent, positive changes.