Pros And Cons Of Restorative Justice In South Africa

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According to then Minister of Correctional Services,“For too long South African prisons have been regarded as breeding grounds of criminality, places of punitive authoritarianism and backwaters of everything despised by society. They also represented a microcosm of a divided country, racked by racial segregation and discrimination, as well as repressive measures such as solitary confinement and violent interrogation” (Balfour B.M.N, 2005)
Phara 1 maybe...The White Paper in Coreectional Services in South Africa was introduced in the begining of 2005 for prisons to become correctional centres of rehabilitation and offenders are given new hope and encouragement to adopt a lifestyle that will result in a second chance towards becoming the ideal South African citizen.(Department of Correctional Services, White Paper on Corrections in South Africa 2005)

The Act provides programmes and
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The facilities cater for children up to two years, after which they are released to a legal guardian chosen or recommended by the mother.

Victim-offender dialogue (VOD)

Based on a theory of justice that considers crime, and wrongdoing, to be an offence against an individual or community, rather than the State itself. Restorative justice, that encourages dialogue between the victim and his/her offender, shows the highest rates of victim satisfaction and offender accountability.(Dept. of Correctional 2017)

Offender labour

According to Dept. of Correctional (2017) “Offenders across the country are giving back to communities and demonstrating remorse for the crimes they committed against them.” They also state that they empower offenders with skills to function effectively in society upon their release is essential to rehabilitation. (Dept. of Correctional Services. 2005)


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