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REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA - REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, JULY 1, 1976 TO JUNE 1977

NCJ Number
48451
Author(s)
ANON
Date Published
1978
Annotation
INFORMATION ON EXPENDITURES, PERSONNEL, PRISON TRENDS, INMATE SERVICES, PRISON INDUSTRIES, PUBLIC INFORMATION, AND SPECIAL EFFORTS TO TRAIN TSWANA AND ZULU TRIBESMEN IN PRISON ADMINISTRATION IS INCLUDED.
Abstract
THIS ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 1976-JUNE 30, 1977 DETAILS PROBLEMS RESULTING FROM PERSONNEL TURNOVER, EFFORTS TO UPGRADE TRAINING, AND SPECIAL EFFORTS TO TRAIN BLACK STAFF TO BECOME HEADS OF PRISONS IN THEIR HOMELANDS AFTER THEIR ATTAINMENT OF INDEPENDENCE. IN ADDITION TO EFFORTS REGARDING HOMELAND DEVELOPMENT, THE DEPARTMENT ALSO TRAINED PRISON SERVICE MEMBERS FROM TRIBES IN NEIGHBORING AFRICAN COUNTRIES. THE AVERAGE DAILY NUMBER OF PRISONERS IN CUSTODY DURING THE YEAR WAS 98,985, AN INCREASE OF 4.35 PERCENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE PRISON BUDGET INCREASED 7.6 PERCENT. MOST OF THIS INCREASE WAS USED TO HIRE ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL, UPGRADE TRAINING, AND IMPROVE FACILITIES. AN ACTIVE PRISON INDUSTRIES PROGRAM IS BEING EXPANDED. EDUCATIONAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND SOCIAL SERVICES ARE ALSO BEING INCREASED. HIGH PERSONNEL TURNOVER IS STILL A PROBLEM. GRAPHS AND TABLES DETAIL PERSONNEL TURNOVER, NUMBERS OF PRISONERS, FINANCIAL DETAILS, ESCAPES, CAUSES OF DEATH OCCURING AMONG PRISONERS (NATURAL CAUSES PREDOMINATING), AND RESULTS OF TRADE TESTS ADMINISTERED BY THE VOCATIONAL EDUCATION DIVISION. AN ACCOUNTING IS ALSO MADE OF PRISON-OWNED BUILDINGS AND LIVESTOCK. (GLR)