School days are very different now, at least for some of us. Instead of learning, say, solid geometry, we go to class and take neuroplasticity exercises to have the circuits in our brain rewired. When that task is done, we are then able to learn.
Science has proved out the ability of the brain to be rewired, at any age. This has been documented in a number of books. One of the recent books is "The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation." It's by the woman who went from learning disabled to a leader in neuroplasticity: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young. She operates a school Toronto for rewiriing.
The implications for rehabilitation of miscreants is obvious. Since judges already sentence those with drinking problems to Alcoholics Anonymous, it isn't a stretch to experiment with sentencing to several months of neuroplasticity exercises. And it isn't any more of a stretch for lawyers to request that for their clients.
Could the murderers in the Petit home invasion in Connecticut be transformed into creatures of empathy, community spirit, and good will toward all? I bet it's possible. But no one will know until the metholodology is tried out.