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An Analysis of Risk-Need-Responsivity Model to Reform Pakistan’s Prisons

Rais Gul1, Badshah Muhammad2 & Rahman Hussain3

This paper is an attempt to empirically prove— in the light of previous researches— that Rehabilitative Prisons‘ setting is highly desired in Pakistan to meet its legal and theoretical objectives. More specifically, the Risk-NeedResponsivity model is advocated to be the best one in terms of handling the multifaceted issues deeply-rooted in Pakistan‘s Criminal Justice System generally and in the Prison Regime particularly. The paper has analyzed the secondary data derived from books, journals, International reports, and research thesis revolving around the Criminal Justice System, specifically Prison Management in the world as well in Pakistan. The policy makers may therefore, try RNR Model to address the challenges in the way of rehabilitative prison regime in Pakistan in order to bring Pakistan‘s prisons‘ in line with the theoretical and legal goals—custody, control, care, correction, cure, community readjustment—and to ultimately fit back the offenders into society as a contributing and law abiding human resource.

Keywords: Risk-Need-Responsivity, Rehabilitation, Reform, Prison, Pakistan, Prisoners, offenders, reoffending.