Popcru concerned by system of rehabilitating inmates into society

Popcru says the majority of former inmates return to crime because they don’t receive necessary skills.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says its concerned about the system of rehabilitating inmates into society as survival outside the prison environment is difficult for inmates, with little education or assistance.

This comes after the United Nations Human Rights Committee criticised the conditions in South African prisons, saying overcrowding and under staffing remains a huge challenge.

Popcru says the majority of former inmates return to crime because they don't receive the necessary skills and education.

Union spokesperson, Richard Mamabolo, says prisons should be self-sufficient with employed inmates.

"We've got a lot of prisoners who are basically idle in prisons on a 24/7 basis. We feel that due to the challenging nature of our socio-economic developments, there are areas in which we can have inmates doing work within prisons as well."