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Supervision for women petty criminals

2012-08-06 21:37

Johannesburg - Prison authorities are to approach courts to have the jail sentences of women petty criminals converted to correctional supervision.

Correctional Services Minister Sbusiso Ndebele said on Monday this would apply to young mothers and those with babies younger than two years.

"The children end up growing up in prisons because no family member is available to take care of them," Ndebele said in a speech prepared for delivery at a Women's Month event in Port Elizabeth.

He said the petty crimes committed by women included shoplifting of baby products.

They mostly served sentences of less than 24 months.

"We have also directed that separate security facilities be established for all inmates serving sentences of less than 24 months, as most of them are first-time offenders."

Comments
  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-08-06 21:49

    good idea

      keith.recore - 2012-08-06 22:38

      definitely, in theory is very good concept.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-06 22:23

    Society is broken and now this......Good luck to repeat offendors.

  • keith.recore - 2012-08-06 22:37

    these programs do actually work, if properly supervised, offenders should also get encouragement to complete education or improve skills, guiding to job market instead of back to prison to end that ongoing circle. But most of all the children stand a better chance, but there has to be supervision, otherwise it is just prisons washing their hands of the problem, pushing to someone else.

  • Jason - 2012-08-06 23:26

    Good idea for the sake of the kids

  • Khumo Mashifane - 2012-08-07 04:33

    oh please. the usual critics probably have family/friends who are/have been behind bars. this is SA. theres no All are seeing eyee to eyeeee

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