n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The application of case management in a private prison : a South African case study

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Greater than ever pressure is being brought to bear on the South African Criminal Justice System to function more efficiently than is currently the situation. Hence the Department of Correctional Services published a new White Paper during 2005. In terms of the White Paper the core business of the Department is "correcting offender behaviour, rehabilitation, and correction as a societal responsibility" (Department of Correctional Services 2005:7). Case management was identified as the vehicle to bring about a shift in emphasis in the core business. Applied to South African corrections, case management first made an appearance in the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998. However, the Department of Correctional Services has been trying to implement case management within the correctional system since the promulgation of the new legislation, sadly with mixed results and very little real advancement in the area of offender rehabilitation. A case study has been completed in one of the two existing private prisons in South Africa to investigate the successful implementation of a case management system. The Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998 makes provision for the institution of private prisons through joint ventures. These private prisons are bound by the same Act as is the case for prisons under government control. In private prisons case management legally and contractually forms part of the performance requirements that have been applicable since their inception. The selection of the particular private prison was based on the fact that the prison was erected in accordance with the philosophical and architectural dictates applicable to unit management, and caters for full implementation of case management within the system. Full implementation of case management in the private prison environment would ensure that the results from the case study could be viable for and applicable to other prisons in South Africa. The purpose of this article is to investigate, at the hand of the case study, the implementation of case management in a selected private prison in South Africa.


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