Looking back: Insider views on the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services

  • Chloë McGrath University of Cape Town
  • Elrena Van der Spuy University of Cape Town
Keywords: Legal reform, constitution, democracy, oversight, accountability, South Africa, correctional services, Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services,

Abstract

The establishment of a constitutional democracy in South Africa necessitated widespread institutional reforms across state sectors. A key feature of such reforms was the emphasis on oversight and  accountability as illustrated in reform endeavours pursued in the South African Police Service, courts and prisons. One such oversight mechanism – the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) – is the subject of this article. Drawing on qualitative interviews with people closely involved with the JICS since 1998, this article presents ‘insider views’ regarding the JICS. We conclude with incumbents’ views on the effectiveness of the JICS.

Author Biographies

Chloë McGrath, University of Cape Town
Centre of Criminology
Elrena Van der Spuy, University of Cape Town
Centre of Criminology
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Published
2014-03-08
Section
Research articles