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CRIMINON :


TRUE REHABILITATION FOR CRIMINALS


Each day in the United States, more than 31,000 petty and hard-core criminals are released back into their communities. Within one year, up to 80 percent of these men and women will have committed ten or twenty more crimes before being arrested again and sent back to prison.

The figures speak for themselves. The 80 percent recidivism rate makes a mockery of current psychiatric-oriented rehabilitation methods, demonstrating that, for all intents and purposes, there is in fact no such thing as criminal rehabilitation. A report published by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency in America concurred, stating that there was “little evidence that either institutional programs or noninstitutional efforts to rehabilitate offenders make any appreciable difference.”

And so go the revolving doors of the US penal system.

L. Ron Hubbard once quite accurately pointed out that although the percentage of criminals is relatively small, the amount of grief and turmoil they create in the world is out of all proportion to their numbers. “Thus,” he concluded, “the criminal mind is a subject one cannot avoid in research as it is a major factor in the distortion of a culture.”

From the need to remedy this glaringly destructive societal flaw – and through the fruits of Mr. Hubbard’s research – Criminon (which means “without crime”) was born in New Zealand in 1970. A branch of Narconon, it is an organization that operates within the penal system to rehabilitate criminals and restore their sense of worth so that they can become productive members of society.

Criminon actually grew out of the very successful Narconon prison programs. By the 1980s, with increased drug usage in all sectors of society, the Narconon program shifted its emphasis to community-based activities. At that point, Criminon expanded into the correctional facilities to fill a need.

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