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

Abstract

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. 

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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2017-09-29
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