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Department of Justice and Correctional Services looks to tighten parole guidelines

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On Friday, 23 October 2020, the Department of Justice and Correctional Services will close a call for public participation on the Correctional Matters Amendment Bill.

The Correctional Matters Amendment Bill was published for comment in Government Gazette No. 43542 on Friday, 24 July 2020.

The bill, introduced by the South African Department of Justice and Correctional Services, aims to: “Amend the Correctional Services Act, 1998 (Act No 111 of 1998) (“principal Act”) in order to align the definition of ‘Minister’ with the amended portfolios as assigned by the President.”

The Correctional Matters Amendment Bill “further proposes amendments to the principle Act to align it with the Constitution and the Constitutional Court judgment in OC Phaahla v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Another CCT 44/18 [2019] ZACC 18 with regards to the placement of sentenced offenders under day parole, parole and correctional supervision, and to provide for the minimum periods to be served before becoming eligible for consideration for such release and placement in terms of the parole regime applicable at the date of commissioning of an offence.”

The call for comments on the bill closes on Friday, 23 October 2020.

Comments can be sent to Jacques Van Wyk at (012) 305 8480 or [email protected].

Sayushka Naidoo
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