Attitudes of correctional officials towards the rehabilitation and humane treatment of offenders : Leeuwkop Correctional Institution

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dc.contributor.advisor Mrs. F.H. Kaldine en
dc.contributor.author Rozani, Amanda Nomzamo
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-17T07:22:14Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-17T07:22:14Z
dc.date.issued 2010-11-17T07:22:14Z
dc.date.submitted 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3493
dc.description M.A. en
dc.description.abstract The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has adopted legislation that advocates for the rehabilitation and humane treatment of offenders. However, high incidences of assault and inhumane treatment of inmates by correctional officials were reported between 2005 and 2006. Furthermore the statistics of recidivism in South African Correctional Institutions is estimated to be more than 50% indicating that the rehabilitation of inmates in correctional institutes is of limited success. The aim of this study is to provide some insight into the ill-treatment of offenders as well as the rationale behind the high rate of recidivism in the South African Correctional institution by exploring the attitudes of correctional officials towards the rehabilitation and humane treatment of offenders. Understanding the attitudes of the correctional officials could be a crucial first step in understanding the ill-treatment and abuse of offenders by correctional officials and the limited success of offender rehabilitation as these attitudes have the potential to promote or hinder the successful implementation of the new legislation in this regard. An exploratory research survey was conducted among a sample of correctional officials at Leeuwkop Correctional Institution. The sample consisted of 121 male and 61 female correctional officials. The participants were selected from all major racial groups in South Africa (black, white, coloured and indian). Data was collected by means of a survey questionnaire. The questionnaire was designed by the researcher to elicit the overall attitude of correctional officials towards rehabilitation and humane treatment of offenders (whether it was positive or negative). In addition the factors that could potentially influence the attitude of correctional officials towards rehabilitation and humane treatment of offenders were also investigated. The results revealed that correctional officials have an overall positive attitude towards rehabilitation and humane treatment of offenders. Furthermore it was revealed that factors like gender, age, educational qualification, work experience and the type of offender under the correctional officials’ care have no impact on the attitudes of correctional officials towards rehabilitation and humane treatment of offenders. It was noted that some of these factors have no influence on the attitude of correctional officials when examined individually, however when some of the factors are correlated they have an impact on the attitude of correctional officials. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Leeuwkop Correctional Centre (South Africa) en
dc.subject Correctional personnel attitudes en
dc.subject Abuse of prisoners en
dc.subject Criminals' rehabilitation en
dc.title Attitudes of correctional officials towards the rehabilitation and humane treatment of offenders : Leeuwkop Correctional Institution en
dc.type Thesis en

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