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NCOP Seeks Comment on Correctional Services Amendment Bill

March 15, 2021

Parliament

The national council of provinces (NCOP) seeks comment on the Correctional Services Amendment Bill.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it to the NCOP for concurrence earlier this week.

The bill was tabled in parliament in November 2020.

Its explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 43931.

The bill aims to amend the Correctional Services Act, 1998, so as to:


• amend a certain definition;
• insert, delete and amend certain provisions related to parole of offenders; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

According to the explanatory summary, the bill aims to amend the act so as to amend the definition of “Minister” to align it with the portfolio(s) assigned by the president from time to time.

The bill also aims to amend the act by inserting, deleting and amending certain provisions related to the placement of sentenced offenders under day parole, parole and correctional supervision, the criteria used to determine the minimum detention period to be served before becoming eligible for consideration for placement on day parole, parole and correctional supervision and providing for matters connected therewith.

A Draft Correctional Matters Amendment Bill was published for comment in July 2020.

The portfolio committee on justice and correctional services sought comment on the bill in December 2020.

The committee adopted the bill without amendments.

The select committee on security and justice seeks comment on the bill until 16 April 2021.