This article was co-authored by a NICRO social worker, Mariette Joubert, and published in LitNet Akademies Jaargang 9(3), Desember 2012.
NICRO has rendered non-custodial sentencing services in South Africa under DFID funding since 2008. This report covers the 2011 – 2012 period.
In 2009 NICRO created an online knowledge forum that focuses on the criminal justice sector. The forum is intended for criminal justice academics, practitioners, researchers and members of the judiciary. To join the forum, you have to sign up and have your request approved. There are currently 131 members. The forum boasts a searchable research [...]
NICRO welcomes the amendments1 to the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998, relating to a new medical parole system; provision related to parole; provision for the management and detention of remand detainees, and other matters. View the article online HERE To download, right-click HERE and select ‘save link as’.
NICRO submits that the possibility for diversion be allowed for all children regardless of age or offence. NICRO further objects to the allocation of a maximum time period related to diversion options. All children do not respond the same to behavioural intervention and some children will take longer to achieve outcomes than others. Strategies employed [...]
For over two hundred years prisons have been used to house those who have committed a crime against society. The three primary purposes of such institutions are (i) to punish, (ii) to deter and (iii) to rehabilitate. Prisons have, not been able to fulfil its objective of effectively rehabilitating prisoners or preparing them effectively for [...]
In this submission we raise issues of minimum standards of humane detention; call for a policy review of the 2005 White Paper on Corrections; draw attention to the fact that challenges faced by the DCS also involve the work of other departments in the JCPS cluster, which as a cluster should be called to account; [...]
Basil King delivered this presentation on case law at NICRO’s Colloquium on non-custodial sentencing held in Johannesburg in March 2011. The Colloquium was held in order to promote awareness of non-custodial sentencing amongst magistrates, judges and other criminal justice practitioners. The Deputy Minister of Justice delivered the keynote address. Basil King works at the Justice [...]
“Transparent and accountable governance is strengthened when comprehensive budget documents are tabled for public scrutiny and legislative oversight.” In the words of the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons recent Annual report3 the budget is regarded as a powerful lever in the hands of the Portfolio Committee, which can use it as an instrument to guide and [...]
During the period April 2009 – March 2010, some of the following project milestones we have achieved are: 1. Non-custodial sentencing services available in 25 magistrate courts across South Africa; 2. 23 social workers available to deliver those services based at or near to the courts; 3. 1375 offenders in our NCS system and 921 [...]