Women in Criminal Justice Seminar and discussing the Resettlement Grant

It’s been a busy start to October for the Inside-out team!

Firstly, we continued to celebrate the “Year of Women in Corrections”, and after last month’s symposium at the 24th PsySSA Congress, team members were excited to attend a “Women in Criminal Justice” seminar at Unisa. The event was hosted by Dr Shandré Jansen van Rensburg from Unisa’s Department of Criminology and Security Science and after a rousing opening by Dr Genevieve James, the Deputy Director of Community Engagement at Unisa, the presentations began. We were most proud of Inside-out Team member Dr Mahlogonolo Thobane, also from the Department of Criminology and Security Science, who gave a heartfelt presentation on strategic career trajectories for women working in the Criminal Justice System.

Secondly, following the announcement of the rejection of the possibility of a resettlement grant for offenders after time served, (read more of News24 article here), Bongi Mdakane shared his first hand perspective on the issue as an ex-offender during an interview on the Morning Show SA on eTV. You can watch him share his experiences and passionate supplication in this important interview on the topic on our Facebook page

Thanks again to the Inside-out team members who continue to debate the tough questions and make sure that the spotlight stays firming on the world of corrections and criminal justice in our country.