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A penological perspective on unit management as a rehabilitation tool for youth offenders

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dc.contributor.advisor Luyt, Willem Frederik Muller Matshaba, Thabiso Donald 2012-05-31T11:08:16Z 2012-05-31T11:08:16Z 2011-11
dc.identifier.citation Matshaba, Thabiso Donald (2011) A penological perspective on unit management as a rehabilitation tool for youth offenders, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to evaluate the implementation of the components of unit management, namely; architecture, case management, risk management and human rights in South African Youth Development Centres. The concept of unit management in correctional centres was adopted by the South African Correctional system in March 1995. However, the formal introduction of the concept was announced by the former Minister of Correctional Services, Dr. Sipho Mzimela, on 16th February 1996. The implementation of unit management was viewed as a vehicle for service delivery in South African correctional centres. Moreover, this concept was also viewed as a strategic move to ensure that corrections and the rehabilitation of inmates, as the core business of the department, are achieved. In an attempt to assess the application of unit management at South African Youth Development Centres, and how unit management influences the rehabilitation of sentenced youth offenders, a descriptive study was conducted to obtain knowledge and perspective from the available literature. In addition to a descriptive study, the researcher employed a quantitative methodology. Using the quantitative approach, data was collected by means of a structured questionnaire. In the case of coding and data analysis, a Statistical Analysis System (SAS) was utilized. In sum, Frequency Tables and Bar Charts were used to simplify the analysis per section and category. The findings from this study revealed that the conditions of detention at Youth Development Centres, specifically the level of overcrowding, influence of old correctional centre structures and the absence of custodial therapists contribute to the violence, violation of basic human rights and failure to rehabilitate youth offenders in these centres. Moreover, the findings also indicate that any efforts to implement the unit management approach proactively fails due to the abovementioned conditions in Youth Development Centres. en
dc.description.abstract Unit management as a rehabilitation tool for youth offenders
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xxvi, 373 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Department of Correctional Services en
dc.subject Human rights en
dc.subject Risk management en
dc.subject Youth offenders en
dc.subject Youth Development Centre en
dc.subject.ddc 365.508351
dc.subject.lcsh South Africa. -- Department of Correctional Services
dc.subject.lcsh Correctional institutions -- Law and legislation -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Correctional institutions -- South Africa -- Administration
dc.subject.lcsh Prison administration -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Prison discipline -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Human rights -- South Africa
dc.title A penological perspective on unit management as a rehabilitation tool for youth offenders en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Department of Penology D.Litt. et Phil. (Penology)

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