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Title: An evaluation of the effectiveness of offender rehabilitation policies in Zimbabwe
Authors: Musango, G. M.
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of offender rehabilitation policies in Zimbabwe prisons in light of the efforts by stakeholders to reform offenders. The primary objective of the study was to establish the extent to which the correctional services are curbing ex-convicts from committing crimes. The study was also aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of rehabilitation policies implemented in Zimbabwe towards addressing the problem of re-offending. Furthermore, the study sought to identify the reasons why released offenders continue to commit crimes despite their participation in various rehabilitation programmes during their period of incarceration. The methodology of the study was centred on the interpretivist philosophy as practised in qualitative research methods. The study participants included prisoners who were first time offenders, prisoners who were re-arrested, prison officers who supervise the rehabilitation programmes and NGOs responsible for various rehabilitation programme concerning prisoners. Data was primarily generated through face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews, focus group discussions and participant observation which were inevitable in this study by nature of being a qualitative research where the researcher is the prime instrument of data generation. Secondary data was sought from documents analysed from Harare Central, Chikurubi Farm and Chikurubi Female Prisons records and statistics offices and other stakeholders. The findings of the study revealed a host of challenges that stall effective policy implementation chief among them being the deplorable living conditions in the prisons. The negative attitude perspectives and stigma , among other things, were seen to be the reasons for offenders getting into a vicious circle of re-offending. The study recommended stakeholder cooperation in policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation among other things.
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URI: lis.zou.ac.zw:8080/dspace /handle/0/380
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