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January 18, 2007


Thank you for the informative and thought-provoking blog.
I wanted to comment on the point about anger-management programs for domestic abusers. Domestic violence is not a anger control issue. Abusers are experts in managing the anger as a tool to control their victims. They choose when, where and how they express their anger; it is not an issue of impulse control.
In the USA Today link, it describes, "transformed with candles, mirrors and aromatherapy, offenders experience tai chi, meditation, acupuncture and Eastern philosophy as a means of controlling rage".
After years of working in the domestic violence prevention field and famailar with those exercizes, I do not believe they would be effective as they do not address the key issue behind the abusers behavior- control of others, not themselves.
In an previous blog, you asked about any evidence-based prevention programs. The studies on this are woefully scarce but the CDC has pointed to a few promising practices. http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/ipvprevention.htm
Thank you.

Thank you for your comment and link to that helpful information, Johnny. Though, unfortunately, many of the links on that page seem to be broken.

I agree that creative sentencing would not work in every case, especially those involving violence. I am similarly unconvinced that yoga and aromatherapy could rehabilitate an otherwise violent offender.

Still, I do believe that creative sentences can work effectively for many nonviolent offenders.

Although I recognize limitations there, as well. Consider this recent article: http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1148461533486. In that case, jail time was necessary after a creative sentence failed to alter the offender's behavior.

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