The Adequacy of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Rehabilitation Model: A Case of Harare Central Prisons
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The study investigated the adequacy of the ZPCS rehabilitation model using Harare Central Prison as a case study. This was motivated by the fact that there has been a continuous cycle of recidivism among inmates who have found their way back into prison despite efforts that would have been made for successful reintegration during their time of incarceration. The research was qualitative and utilised the case study research design. Participants were correctional officers (key informants) and the serving inmates at Harare Central Prison. The stratified random sampling technique on the sampling procedure since there were two strata (prison officers and the inmates) there were 10 prison officers who participated and 20 inmates who were from different classes some from class A, others from B, C and then lastly the D class. Data were gathered through key informant interviews and in depth interviews with inmates. Thematic analysis was used in presenting the findings. The study revealed that inmates face a number of challenges including stigmatisation and a lack of support system upon release which will then push them to committee another crime soon after their release from prison and then result in an increase of recidivism. From the findings the research concluded that offenders require adequate assistance from the well trained officers especially those who work in the rehabilitation office so that the cycle of recidivism can be reduced.
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