The Impact of Stigmatization on the Human Experience of the Offender Population
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The offender population is a highly stigmatized group due to their societal label as criminals. The following research question is explored in this research paper: What is the impact of stigmatization on the human experience of the offender population? Offenders experience structural barriers and restrictions that affect their quality of life and impact their ability to reintegrate into the community. It is crucial to recognize the issue of stigmatization and provide proper treatment and support for offenders, by taking steps such as creating community-based programs and providing psychoeducation about offenders to the public. There has been an increase in the number of individuals with mental illness within the criminal justice system, and stigma plays a role in the interaction between mental health concerns and offending behaviours. Understanding the experience and impact of stigma in the offender population has critical implications for the mental health field. The purpose of this paper is to use a social justice lens to advocate for the offender population through de-stigmatization and to inform the work of counsellors and other professionals who support offenders.