The overall goal of offender reintegration is to reduce re-offending and enhance successful reintegration into society. NICRO is reviewing its Offender Reintegration service this year and they are asking the following questions :
1) Which government department should have the primary responsibility for offender reintegration for incarcerated offenders?
2) Rate the current offender reintegration system in South Africa.
3) Give an explanation for your rating in question (2) above.
4) What are the major gaps in the current South African offender reintegration system?
– No clear responsibility/ownership between the government departments?
– Poor state/civil society working partnerships and relations/
– Too little emphasis placed on what is known to work?
– Politicisation/politicking of social welfare issues?
– Poor interdepartmental collaboration?
– Constantly changing plans and priorities?
– Not properly utilising available resources (knowledge, skills, etc)?
– Lack of civil society organisations collaborating with each other?
– Inadequate state funding and budgeting?
5) What are your general comments about the current South African offender reintegration system?
6) How can communities and families be brought in to play a greater role in offender monitoring and management?
7) What innovative ideas could you suggest for offender reintegration in South Africa?
8) How can victims of crime be integrated into an offender reintegration service?
9) Key responsibilities for offender reintegration for the future are . . . (which do you think)?
– State 100% responsible
– Mutually responsible state and civil society expertise and partnerships (50 – 50)
– Civil society needs to take over as the key manager of offender reintegration
10) The most essential elements of a successful offender reintegration service are:
– Family reconstruction and reintegration work
– Long term post-release after care
– Income generation support
– Re-housing schemes such as halfway houses
– Community reintegration
– Behavioural change programmes
– Making the expungement of criminal records easier for petty offences
– Surveillance schemes, such as electronic monitoring and tagging
– More prisons
11) Which are the most important aspects (in any order) of offender reintegration taking place INSIDE prison?
– Basic education
– Substance abuse programmes
– Substance addiction treatment
– Vocational training
– Prison industries
– Parenting skills
– Small business skills training
– Life skills
– Structured physical exercise
– Health care and mental health care services
12) What offender reintegration activities must take place INSIDE prison and what must take place OUTSIDE prison after release?
13) What support do families of incarcerated and released offenders need to assist with the reintegration of the family member?
14) How long should the aftercare period (support provided from the date of release) be?
– 6 months
– 12 months
– 24 months
– More than 24 months
15) What support activities must form part of an effective aftercare service?
To complete the online survey, please click https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ARDUc_ZKC-tHTB2LzhO56-U1szD-LX-PKXmX5yrqpi8/viewform?pli=1.
The deadline is the end of August 2013.