Pathways from violence: The impact of community based intervention on offender reintegration in Gugulethu


  • Sean Michael Larner University of the Western Cape, Dullah Omar Institute, Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR)



social integration, community-based intervention, prisoner re-entry, criminal justice reform


Section 36 of the Correctional Services Act describes the purpose of imprisonment as “enabling the sentenced prisoner to lead a socially responsible and crime-free life in the future.” But interviews with 48 young ex-prisoners in Gugulethu revealed a stark discrepancy between rhetoric and reality. Analysis outlined obstacles to integration, both psycho-social and material in nature, which community-level organizations were unable to fix on their own. To construct viable pathways to integration, and satisfy its legislative mandate, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) must initiate large-scale coordination with civil society organisations. 


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Author Biography

Sean Michael Larner, University of the Western Cape, Dullah Omar Institute, Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR)

Research Intern

Dullah Omar Institute

Africa Criminal Justice Reform


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