- Correctional Services wants to give ex-offenders a grant to help them get their lives back together
- This idea was met with opposition as many feel it would reward criminals for doing crime
- Such a grant could help those who want to turn their lives around but could also be abused
The South African Department of Correctional Services proposed giving ex-offenders who are trying to reintegrate into society a helping hand.
A resettlement grant could help released ex-offenders to start a new life. The grant will go toward providing for the unemployed ex-offenders while they try to find work.
It's not easy to find work with a criminal record. This often leads to second offences and even those with the best intentions upon release end up back in jail.
However, this proposal has been met with rejection. Members of parliament don't want to hear about the grant. They feel it would be like giving criminals rewards.
Perhaps more homework should be done regarding this proposal. It could easily be abused by criminals.
On the other hand, elderly ex-offenders could benefit from the grant as it would be doubly as hard for them to find work after their release.
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