Source: (2001) Monograph no. 52. Preface by Antoinette Louw. Pretoria, South Africa: Institute for Security Studies. Downloaded 3 September 2004.

Lukas Muntingh begins with the observation that insufficient attention has been paid to the issue of offender reintegration into society once a prisoner has been released from incarceration. In contrast, considerable attention has been given to strengthening of policing, prosecution, conviction rates, and sentencing as means to deal with high crime rates. Muntingh, in view of this, asserts that any plan to reduce crime must include effective initiatives to assist former prisoners with the transition back into society and into productive citizenship. Writing in the South African context, Muntingh argues for offender reintegration by considering theories behind punishment, conditions in South African’s prisons, and international and local examples of reintegration projects.