FIRST THINGS FIRST: Rehabilitation starts with alternatives to prison

  • Makubetse Sekhonyane Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: correctional services, prison, crime, rehabilitation, South Africa


In its recent white paper, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) takes on the big challenge of rehabilitating offenders. This represents a paradigm shift that will require a concerted effort, not only from DCS, but other departments, families of offenders and the public. Key among these will be the police and courts. Unless alternatives to imprisonment are pursued throughout the justice system, DCS will struggle to manage its workload, keeping rehabilitation out of reach.

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