I spent the last night brain storming ideas and issues that surround the theme of Social Justice and came up with the following.
So what’s particularly relevant to me and what motivation can I bring to doing a project based in correctional services?
Upon further research I found two readings that offer greater insight into the Correctional services programmes.
In Tracking Transformation in South African Prisons by Amanda Dissel I found the following
Recidivism (reverting to crime upon release from prison) in South Africa is estimated to be in the region of 85% to 94%.
Correctional Services are required by the Correctional Services Act to provide programmes but are constrained by a lack of resources such as sufficient social workers, teachers, psychologists and other professional staff.
Prison staff are expected to play a significant role in the development of prisoners, but overburdened as they are by the sheer numbers of prisoners, they are unlikely to have sufficient time to fulfil this role.
It is extremely difficult for former offenders to find employment once they have returned from prison.
Former offenders find it difficult to access financing through the formal banking sector for two reasons: firstly, the banks consider them too high a risk, and secondly, the amounts of finance they require are too small for the banking sector to show any real interest in this field.
Education reduces the chances of reoffending.