WHY LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NOT ENOUGH: Lessons from the Central Karoo on breaking the cycle of crime and violence
A 2003 initiative to develop a crime prevention strategy for the Central Karoo District Municipality helped formulate the â€˜life cycleâ€™ that perpetuates crime and violence, which is discussed in this article. Childrenâ€™s developmental needs are obvious and logical if we are to raise young people with good self esteem, who are capable and prepared to contribute to society in a constructive manner. Yet in the Central Karoo (and many other communities) our childrenâ€™s needs are being ignored. As a result, children learn to fend for themselves and some quickly tip over from being vulnerable victims to becoming young offenders. This article shows that as long as we ignore childrenâ€™s needs, we can never build a criminal justice system that will adequately address crime and violence in South Africa. It demonstrates why safety is an issue for society as a whole and not just for the police, courts and prisons.
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