n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Strategic direction of the Criminal Justice System 2015-2019 : summation of official strategic documentation

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The public sector delivers essential services to the well-being and development of the nation. To ensure that public service delivery is as efficient and economical as possible, Government institutions are required to formulate strategic plans, allocate resources to the implementation of those plans, and monitor and report on the results. Integrated strategic planning, budgeting and monitoring of service delivery performance coupled with effective financial advice, strengthens the link between the service that the departments provide and the benefits and costs of those services. This article provides an overview of the strategic objectives and priorities of the Criminal Justice Departments (CJS), as displayed in their five-year strategic plans (2014-2019). Strategic objectives and priorities have been developed for each of these departments' main service delivery areas and are aligned to its budget programmes. These strategic priorities direct budget and resource allocation to meet the needs of the CJS departments as far as possible. This has an impact on their organisational structure, financial and performance management systems and institutional management. The author believes that criminologists should take cognisance of these priorities for purposes of: academic involvement in realising these objectives and priorities; obtaining funds for research projects (donor countries); and focused partnerships between universities/NGOs/private entities and government departments.


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