'Halfway houses' for ex-prisoners?
Cape Town - The correctional services
department is to pilot a "halfway house" project that will serve as
a transition facility for certain offenders between their life in incarceration
and reintegration into communities.
Introducing debate on her budget vote in the
National Assembly on Tuesday, Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe
Mapisa-Nqakula said, initially, the pilot would focus on juveniles who had not
been released on parole due to lack of formal addresses, as well as young
people who were homeless at the time of their incarceration.
"We are currently in discussions with
potential partners, both in government and private sector for support in
achieving this and we should implement the pilot before the end of this
year," she said.
Last year, an undertaking was given to give
the issue of providing formal education a priority alongside programmess for
skills development for offenders.
Considering that youth constituted close to
70% of the offender population, it had been decided to make formal education
compulsory for all youth.
"This year we have engaged the
department of basic education to have more centres registered as full-time
Certain additional centres would now be
eligible to offer the National Curriculum Statement syllabus for 2011.
These were the Usethubeni Youth Centre, St
Albans, Barberton Medium, Barberton Maximum, Cradock Youth Centre and
Emthonjeni Youth Centre.
"We are working towards declaring the 13
dedicated youth facilities out of the 241 correctional facilities in the
country, full-time centres of learning," Mapisa-Nqakula said.