Source: (2000) At the banquet of the International Prison Chaplains’ Association Conference (iv), held in Kroonstad, Free State, South Africa, 29 August.

At the time of this address, Ben Skosana, MP, was Minister of Correctional Services in South Africa. In his remarks he places great emphasis on efforts to make a complete break with traditional approaches to managing prisons. The aim is to place rehabilitation at the center of correctional services objectives. To support rehabilitation of offenders, he points to particular programs in the correctional services (e.g., literacy, life skills, work skills, pre-release centers), community involvement, and religious programs in prisons. All of this, he maintains, is grounded in a restorative approach to justice, an approach that encompasses the offender, the victim, and the community.

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