Boost for parole boards

2011-04-12 15:04

Cape Town - The National Council on Correctional Services (NCCS) is to help train parole boards to ensure adherence and compliance with the law, Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday.

Introducing debate in the National Assembly on her budget vote, she said all the outstanding appointments for chairs and deputy chairs of the parole boards had now been finalised.

"I have, however, been concerned about the levels of inconsistencies between the different parole boards in their interpretation of both law [and] policies and procedure governing the consideration of offenders for placement on parole," she said.

She had also been concerned about the resultant inconsistencies in decisions of the various boards to the extent that offenders had developed a preference to be incarcerated in one centre over the other on the basis of the high chances of being granted parole in such a centre.

"In this regard we have agreed that the NCCS will assist in the training of parole boards.

"Despite the work of the parole boards being autonomous, we are looking at a credible mechanism that will ensure adherence and compliance with the law and provide oversight for quality of the decisions of parole boards," Mapisa-Nqakula said.

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