Role Players in DCS

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Key Role players in DCS

1. National Council for Correctional Services The National Council for Correctional Services is a statutory body to guide the Minister of Correctional Services in developing policy relating to the correctional system and the sentence-management process.

2. Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services The Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services was established in 1998 with the statutory objective to facilitate the inspection of correctional centres so that the inspecting judge may report on the treatment of inmates and on conditions in correctional centres. The Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services is an independent office.

3. Medical Parole Advisory Board The Correctional Matters Amendment Act of 2011 provides for a new medical parole policy and correctional supervision. A Medical Parole Advisory Board was appointed in February 2012 to look into all seriously and terminally ill inmates who have submitted reports requesting to be released on medical grounds.

4. Correctional Supervision and Parole Board Correctional Supervision and Parole boards are responsible for dealing with parole matters and matters of correctional supervision. The Correctional Supervision and Parole boards have decision-making competency except: decisions regarding the granting of parole to people who are declared dangerous criminals in terms of Section 286A of the converting of sentences of imprisonment imposed in terms of Section 276 (A) (3) of the CPA of 1998 into correctional supervision decisions with regard to those sentenced to life imprisonment. In such cases, recommendations are submitted to the courts that in turn will make decision in respect of conditional placement. There are 52 Correctional Supervision and Parole Boards countrywide. These boards are chaired by community members who are regarded as suitable and capable of carrying out the responsibilities. The DCS provides the members with intensive training in respect of the processes, legislative implications and relative policies.

5. In addition, two members of the community are appointed as members of the board. Trained staff members of the DCS fill the positions of vice-chairperson and secretary. The board can also co-opt a representative of the SAPS and a representative of the DoJ&CD. However, if the representatives of SAPS and of DoJ&CD are not co-opted to participate in a board hearing, the chairperson of the board may request such departments to provide written inputs in respect of specific serious crimes.

For more information go to [1] on role players in DCS