Wednesday, October 1

At least the goverment is serious about cracking down on crime.

Correctional Services Minister Ben Skosana told the symposium, held at Langebaan on the Cape West Coast, that overcrowding threatened the implementation of rehabilitation programmes [in prisons].

He said strategies put in place to reduce overcrowding included bringing the parole dates of certain low-risk prisoners forward, releasing prisoners who were incarcerated because they could not afford minimum bail, reducing unnecessary police arrests, and constructing four "new generation" prison facilities which would each house 3 000 prisoners.

Unnecessary police arrests. I like that.


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