oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Rehabilitative efforts in correctional supervision: Window-dressing or can it actually work?

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Correctional supervision (our local term for probation) as an alternative sentencing option was introduced to South Africa in 1991. Krugel & Terblanche (1991:1005) heralded it as "" ... the most important development in punitive measures over the last 30 years."" [Free translation]. Now, after seven years one needs to evaluate this option: Is the treatment effort of correctional supervision mere window-dressing or does it have some potential to actually rehabilitate offenders?

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