PRESENTATION PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE17 JUNE 2003UPDATE ON LEGISLATION IMPLEMENTATION
PURPOSE To brief the Portfolio Committee on legislation implementation on the following: • Parole Boards Legislation • Electronic Monitoring • Unit Management • HIV/AIDS Policy • Costing of Policy formulation • Education and Training Provisioning : ABET Training
BACKGROUND • Legislation – 1998 • Legislation – 2001 • Work session between NCCS & NMB of DCS • Clarity was sought on following issues: • Common interpretation of Act • Alignment of Parole with approach to Rehabilitation • Identification of Key Outstanding Issues • Workshop National Management Board • Briefing of Select Committee on Security
OUTSTANDING ISSUES • Work session identified key outstanding issues that DCS was tasked to clarify: • Conditions of employment/contract regarding community members & officials; • Selection criteria, appointment procedures & remuneration regarding officials, • Responsibility of CSPB & their line function of reporting, • Number & geographical location of fixed & roving CSPB.
DCS PROPOSALS • DCS Management Board workshop (12 May 2003) interrogated outcome of April work session, as well as outstanding issues. • Following slides deal with proposals developed for submission to Minister that will form basis for establishment & implementation of new CSPB. Note: Establishment of CSPB to be part of restructuring of DCS. Lines of accountability & work processes to be determined on basis of new organisation structure with due cognisance of migration plan to new structure & necessary transitional arrangements
COMPOSITION OF CORRECTIONAL SUPERVISION & PAROLE BOARDS • Composition of Board will be as follows for purposes of a transitional period: • Chairperson - Community member • Vice chairperson - DCS • X2 Community members - Local community • Secretary - DCS • Police & Justice members to be co-opted as needed
CRITERIA FOR APPOINTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS • Life experience • Maturity • Work experience • Community Involvement • Good standing in community • Respected in community / Person of stature • Inspires confidence in entire community • Involvement of local authorities • Integrity • Credibility • Experience & professionalism in making rational & balanced decisions • Commitment to a corruption free administration & clear record of honesty • Understanding of Correction as a social responsibility
COMPETENCIES • Competencies of CSPB members determined & will form basis for advertisement & appointment process • Key aspects identified as Important: • Confidentiality in terms of CDPB meetings, decisions & documentation. • Preferably legal & behavioral science background • Literacy skills, must understand order of procedures at meetings.
APPOINTMENT PROCEDURES • Develop a communication strategy • Proposals on post levels, remuneration & contractual employment have been determined • A call for nominations & applications for community posts will be advertised • Selection panels will be appointed by Commissioner for six Regions under chairpersonship of respective Regional Commissioner, including a member of National Council on Correctional Services with a view to represent community • Minister will approve appointment of successful candidates & DCS personnel
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT • Chairperson - 5-year contract, non renewable • Community members - 3-year contract with possibility of one renewal • Vice chairperson - DCS member until transitional period has expired • Job description - To be incorporated into final submission to Management, National Council & Minister • Vetting procedure - To be conducted in short listing process
NUMBER OF BOARDS • At least one board per Area Commissioner / 48 Management Areas • Task Team determined that there should be 60 boards i.e.: • 1 per Management Area, excl Goodwood = 47 • 1 additional per each of 5 larger areas = 5 • 8 additional boards in 2004/06 = 8 • There will therefore be 60 boards vs. the current 52 boards
RESPONSIBILITY OF BOARDS • Policy framework for CSPB currently being finalised by Task Team, prior to final submission to Management Board / Minister during June 2003. • Parole placement policy to guide decision making processes of CSPB to ensure compliance with legislation & departmental approach to rehabilitation is currently being develop. • CSPB will report outcomes of their deliberations to relevant Regional Commissioner’s office (Head: Corrections)
DCS RESPONSIBILITIES TO BOARDS • For logistical purposes, Area Commissioners will provide necessary assistance regarding structures & administration. • Monitoring component regarding CSPB in Head Office will reside under Chief Deputy Commissioner: Corrections. • Restructuring Task Team will align new boards & serving officials on CSPB with process of restructuring. • Regional Commissioner will recommend referral of cases to Review Board (NCCS) via submission to CDC Corrections. • Referral of cases to Review Board is responsibility of Commissioner & Minister
WAY FORWARD • Policy framework to be submitted to NMB & Minister • Approval by Minister • Information sessions, call for nominations and advertisement • Selection process • Appointment • Training • Implementation • Envisage Implementation Date – April 2004
ELECTRONIC MONITORING • Long term project • Tender could not comply with Public Private Partnership process • Must be usable for all offenders • Infrastructure e.g. electricity and telephones not available for all offenders
UNIT MANAGEMENT • Accepted as a vehicle to enhance rehabilitation • Severe Overcrowding hamper implementation • Implementation part of restructuring process of DCS • Basic training curriculum brought in line with Unit Management concept • Re-training of staff in Unit Management • Implementation by March 2005
COSTING OF POLICY FORMULATION • Policy formulation part and parcel of the allocated budget • The bulk of expenditure lies in the implementation process • Steps in policy formulation: • Consult literature • Compile draft policy • Consult relevant stake holders • Consolidate inputs/comments Circulate draft policy • Consolidate the comments/inputs • Present to management Board for recommendation • Minister for approval • Implementation continue….
COSTING OF POLICY FORMULATION -continue • Development of composite financial model • Utilized for the implementation of parole Boards and costing of Child Justice Bill • Staff be trained in model • Steps in model
Costing of policy implemenatation • Step 1. • Determine what • needs to be done • Implementation of • Parole Boards • Step 2 • Identify projects. • Personnel recruitment • Stakeholder consultation • Procurement Step 5 Detailed costing Zero based Incremental budgeting Step 3 List activities Workshops Conferences Training etc Step 4 Quantify activities Number of personnel Number of work session Number of training sessions
POLICIES IN PROGRESS • Policy: Security policy document • Formulation Stage • Policy: bag-less Prison Environment • After approval obtain from Minister • Policy: Installation of CCTV in existing prisons • Pending approval by Minister • Policy: Correctional Supervision and Parole Boards • Consultation phase • Policy: Disabled Prisoners • Consultation phase
POLICIES IN PROGRESS-continue • Policy: Youth • Ready for implementation depending on the implementation of Child Justice Bill • Policy: Decentralisation of Community Corrections Office • Consultation phase • Policy: Review Classification system for probationers & parolees • Consultation phase • Policy: After Care Services • Research phase • Policy: HIV/AIDS • Ready for implementation
POLICIES IN PROGRESS-continue • Policy: On Home Based Care in Prisons • Research phase • Policy: On Community Participation • Ready for submission • Policy: On Offender Correction, Care and Development • Ready for submission • Policy: On Education and Training • Ready for submission • Policy: Marriage • Consultation phase
POLICIES IN PROGRESS-continue • Policy: Poverty Alleviation • Consultation phase • Policy: On Religious Care • To be re-aligned • Policy: On Social Work Services • To be re-aligned • Policy: On Psychological Services • To be re-aligned
INTRODUCTION • Rehabilitation: an approach in DCS • Development of offenders: Part of Service delivery range • Education and Training in Development range • Strengthen DCS rehabilitation objectives • Right to Basic Education
EDUCATION AND TRAINING • Where resources allow, prisoners have access to: - General Education and Training (GET) - Further Education and Training (FET) - Higher Education and Training (HET); and - Technical Training programs • Education and Training Service range • Structured day programme • NQF and SAQA requirements.
FRAMEWORK FOR ABET PROVISIONING • Why ABET? • Foundation for access • Responsive to adults’ needs • Foundation for life long learning • DCS as microcosm • Target groups • Provision of ABET in prisons • Promotes life long learning
FRAMEWORK FOR ABET PROVISIONING(Continue) • Governing regulations and policies • Policy on Education and Training • White Paper on Education,1995 • Education white paper 6: Special needs education • Policy document on ABET (DoE) • Constitution of the RSA: Basic Education - Sect.29(1)(a) • Correctional Services Act (111 of 1998) • Sections 16(1); 38(1); 41 (1,2,5,6) • All inclusive approach
SOME RESOURCE, PROGRAMMES AND INITIATIVES TO ENHANCE THE PROVISION OF ABET • UNISA / SANLI bursaries • Free ABET provisioning • SABC Education Initiative • Readucate • Intersectorial cooperation (DoE) • NATIONAL ABET TENDER: • Duration: 1 January 2003 – 31 December 2004 • SADC ABLE initiative
CONCLUSION The provisioning of ABET will contributes towards rehabilitation and upliftment of offenders and thereby opening more doors for further training and more job opportunities for job creation. In the rendering of this service, the active engagement of the community remains important since it will strengthen our partnership in the provision of needs based and market-related programmes.