LEGAL ISSUES 5
PartI: Review the Interview
Motivationalinterviewingwasusedto assemblefactsthat are criticalin helpingtheoffender to learnhowto managehis actionsin thefuture.Theoffender is a victimof circumstancesin thesensethatheallowedangerto getthebettersideof him thuslettinghim hithis belovedwifein frontof their kids. Theinterviewwassuccessfulsince ithas helpedtheagentto understandthepredicamentof theoffender thushelpinghim to assemblethefactsthat are essentialin helpingtheoffender to rectifyhis mistakesinthe future.Accordingto Champion (2002), interviewsconcerningvictimsandoffenders haveto be carriedout in a friendlyatmosphereto assembleall thecrucialandrelevantfacts.
Theinterviewer dida tremendousjobin tryingto be specificandcategoricalwhenprobingtheoffender to providefactsthat are significantin devising a mechanismof helpinghim to overcomeemotionalreactionsin thefuture.Theinterviewapproachesthewholeinterviewin a friendlymannerwherehedoesnot laytheblameon theoffender out rightly,butinsteadallowshim to feelhonoredandprivilegeddespite thedubiousactthat ledhim to court.
Theonlypartthattheinterviewer didnot includein his interviewwastheideaof bringingin thetimeframethattheoffender requiredto reflecton his actionsandacceptfullresponsibility.Healsofailedto craft a formulathat will seetheoffender avoidsucha mistakeof assaultinghis wifeinthe future.Accordingto Abadinsky (2012), whattheoffender neededmostis emotionalcontrolmechanismthat will enablehim to containandcontrolhis emotionsinthe future.It is evident from the interview that the offender has emotionalweaknesses that have to be addressed to prevent such violentscenarios in the future.
Belowis the interview that the offender, having been put on probationstatus shall have to participate in to gather additional facts thatshall help to accelerate his rehabilitation process.
I:I understand the fact that you are here to be guided on how toovercome your emotional problems right?
O:You are right
I:Ok. Do you believe the action that landed you into trouble wasjustified?
O:It wasn’t justified at all. Like I said before, I regret what I didbecause I realized I had harmed the love of my life.
I:Will you still assault here after you finish your probation period?
O:I think she did the right thing because I was extremely angry at thattime and had she not called in the police maybe we will be taking ofa murder case at this juncture.
I:Am sorry to let you know that something is wrong with your emotionalapproach to domestic issues. Do you believe in dialogue and sobrietywhen it comes to conflict resolutions?
O:Yes I do its only that in this scenario things got out of handunexpectedly.
I:Ok I understand your situation. Will you be willing to corporate withour professional counselors to help in your rehabilitation process?
O:I am ready for that since I cannot afford to assault my dear wifeonce more.
I:I must say that I like your commitment to the whole process ofrehabilitation. How long do you think it will take you to borrow andexecute the ideas that you will gain during this probation period?
O:I will be willing to continue with the process for as long as youdeem it necessary.
I:I must say that I wish you the very best during this probation time.Kindly make the best use of our counselors to avoid a repetition ofwhat landed you here in the first place.
O:Thanks for your encouragement
I:Welcome. Enjoy your probation period.
Theultimate goal of these questions is to help prepare the offender forthe probation period that is ahead of him. The questions aim atunderstanding the mental status of the offender where he is tasked tounderstand the essence of probation in relation to the offence hecommitted. As portrayed byAbadinsky (2012), such questionswere essential in analyzing the commitment of the offender to theentire probation period that aims at helping him to overcome hisemotional weaknesses. These questions are instrumental in enhancingwhat Champion (2002) observed to be critical approach to probationactivities. He pointed out that the professionals working in theprobation and correction departments have the responsibility ofunderstanding the predicaments and preparedness of the offenders tothe tasks ahead of them. In the above context, the interview isdetermined to get the vital information from the offender toascertain a mechanism of helping him in the probation period. Theoffender is also being prepared for the probation period that isahead of him by being allowed to revisit some fundamental aspectsembedded in it.
Abadinsky,H. (2012). Probation and parole: Theory and practice (11th ed.).Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Champion,D. J. (2002). Probation,parole, and community corrections.Upper Saddle River, N.J: Prentice Hall.