n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - A critical look at the past and current release policy of the Department of Correctional Services

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



The purpose of this article is to make a critical assessment of the salient features of the past and current release policies of the Department of Correctional Services. The assessment is made in the light of various purposes underpinning those policies. The past policy was characterized by the application of standard remission of sentences. The current policy, on the other hand, is based on the system of awarding of credits. The connection of these policies to the parole system creates complexities and uncertainties which tend to defeat the purposes of release policies. The article will also deal with the interpretation and application by the courts of the laws pertaining to these issues.

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