QUESTION NO: 991
Mr J Selfe (DA) to ask the Minister of Correctional Services:
(1)(a) How many offenders have been given an Offender Rehabilitation Plan (ORP) as at the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what portion does this constitute of all (i) sentenced offenders and (ii) offenders sentenced to more than two years’ imprisonment;
(2)Whether delays are being experienced in providing ORPs to all offenders; if so, (a) what is the cause of these delays and (b) what steps have been taken to overcome them?
(1)(a) 102 278 offenders were eligible for Offender Rehabilitation Plan as at 31 December 2009.
(b) (i) It constitutes 41% of sentenced offenders
(ii) It constitutes 46% of offenders sentenced to more than two years imprisonment
(2)Yes delays are experienced.
(a)The regions have identified Correctional officials to serve as interim Correctional Assessment Officials to complete the Correctional Sentence Plans. The delays are experienced due to;
unavailability of officials who are responsible for safe custody and escorting offenders to external hospitals and courts, yet they are the ones that are part of Case Management Committees to process and approve implementation of the plans
lack of funds affected training and orientation of Correctional Assessment Officials for the 2009-10 financial year and this had a negative impact for the full implementation of the Correctional Sentence Plans.
(b)A pilot project has been launched in Gauteng Region where interns are used to implement the Correctional Sentence Plans through presentation of correctional programmes while professional staff continues to provide development and care services.
The department is in the process of signing Memorandum of Understanding with two tertiary institutions with the aim of involving post graduate criminology students and academic staff to assist with the compilation of the Correctional Sentence Plans and implementation of correctional programmes. This will be further rolled out to other academic institutions in the future.