Looking back: Insider views on the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services
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 andÂ accountability as illustrated in reform endeavours pursued in the South African Police Service, courts and prisons. One such oversight mechanism â€“ the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) â€“ is the subject of this article. Drawing on qualitative interviews with people closely involved with the JICS since 1998, this article presents â€˜insider viewsâ€™ regarding the JICS. We conclude with incumbentsâ€™ views on the effectiveness of the JICS.
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