10 Jan 2019 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 10 JAN (NAMPA) Since its implementation by the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) in 2016, the framework for community supervision has recorded a 98 per cent success rate.
This is according to a document presented to President Hage Geingob by Commissioner-General Raphael Hamunyela on the progress and future prospects of the NCS in December last year.
Community supervision is the supervision and management of offenders conditionally released into the community either on full parole, remission of sentence or as State President Decision patients.
The document said by 30 November 2018, only 53 of the 4 124 offenders had breached their release conditions by re-offending which amounts to a 1.28 per cent rate of re-offending.
It added that out of the 53 that have re-offended, two offenders have undergone structured programmes while incarcerated.
This points towards the effectiveness of the structured programmes in reducing the risk of re-offending, the document reads.
It noted that although faced with resource constraints, the NCS managed to ensure that every one of the 13 correctional facilities is manned by at least one community supervision officer to oversee the effective supervision of offenders.
The NCS is currently in the process of appointing and assigning new officers to strengthen community supervision activities countrywide.
A total of 1 808 offenders have benefited from participating in various core structured and support rehabilitation programmes as well as education and vocational training programmes last year.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, NCS Commissioner for Rehabilitation, Mariana Martin, said the positive results and the interest shown by the inmates motivate NCS to improve its services.
She said currently, NCS has fully implemented 13 vocational trainings at the Windhoek, Hardap, Evaristus Shikongo, Oluno and Divundu Correctional Facilities.
There are 246 offenders enrolled in vocational training, while 196 are enrolled in the secondary education programme which allows offenders to pursue their Junior Secondary Certificate and the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate for Ordinary and Higher levels, through the Namibian College of Open Learning.
The tertiary programmes allow them to complete their bachelors degrees in their interested course, she said.