In the following article Amanda Dissel looks to outline some of the changes made to The Correctional Services Amendment Bill (B32 of 2007) adopted by the portfolio committee on 6 May 2008 and by Parliament on 15 May 2008 . She reflects on the submissions that were made by several NGO's and other stakeholders during the Portfolio Committee's public hearings on the draft Bill, as well as considering their broader implications for corrections.
Amanda Dissel is an independent consultant in criminal justice and violence prevention issues. This research was conducted while she was Criminal Justice Programme Manager at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). She has published on issues of human rights, conditions and treatment of detainees in prisons and police stations, juvenile and child justice, and violent crime.