Offenders’ home visit operation goes well

2016-08-18 06:00
PHOTO: candyce krishna The team of Correctional Services officers that conducted the visits.

PHOTO: candyce krishna The team of Correctional Services officers that conducted the visits.

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RANDOM visits to criminal offenders’ homes in the urban areas surrounding Port Shepstone are carried out at any given time to see if probationers and parolees are complying with their sentencing conditions.

On Thursday, a team from Port Shepstone Correctional Services visited 22 homes, from Pumula to Port Edward.

This specific check was for offenders living in urban areas only because offenders living in rural areas are checked daily due to the fact that there are over 500.

“There is no excuse for any of these offenders not to comply to their sentence conditions. They have free hours to utilise as their leisure time,” said Warrant Officer Wiseman Nomdlange, head of monitoring for Port Shepstone Correctional Services.

Only those who commit petty crimes such as house robberies, theft, possession of drugs, and the like, are given the chance to serve a sentence from home.

“Our job is also to help these offenders find jobs. It is difficult because employers are sceptical about employing criminals, but everyone deserves a second chance.”

Wiseman added that some of these offenders are remorseful and want to start a new life.

“Society doesn’t always accept them back and some revert to their old lives of crime. We would like communities to work with us and inform us of any incidents.”

Of the 22 offenders visited, only two could not be found at their home.

One of the offenders reported to Correctional Services the next day and told Nomdlange that he had been out shopping and it had taken longer than expected.

He was given a verbal warning.

The other offender has not provided Correctional Services with any reason for him not being at his premises.

“We will visit his home again this week and do an investigation.”

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