Adult offenders’ perceptions of rehabilitation programs in Africa

Author: Nomazulu Ngozwana

University of South Africa

Edition: Volume 57, Number 2, July 2017

Summary: This article reflects on adult offenders’ perceptions of rehabilitation programs in Africa. It also evaluates whether offenders are consulted when planning rehabilitation programs.  Adult education principles were used as a lens to understand offenders’ perceptions of rehabilitation programs. Using an interpretive paradigm and qualitative approach, individual interviews, observations and focus group meetings were held with offenders and other participants who were chosen through purposive and snowball sampling. Qualitative data analysis was used to generate the themes from the data. The findings revealed that rehabilitation programs are ineffective and imposed on offenders. Furthermore the data revealed that offenders see themselves as hard- labour while participating in rehabilitation programs. This has an implication for offenders’ rehabilitation and reintegration into their societies as transformed citizens.

Keywords: rehabilitation programs, adult offenders, reintegration, ownership, participation, motivation

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