After 12 months in jail for the murder of his girl friend Reeva Steenkamp, Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will on Tuesday 20th October 2015 be put under house arrest to complete the 5 years of his sentence in what South African law calls “correctional supervision” .
So what is correctional supervision?
Correctional supervision is an alternative sentence to imprisonment in South Africa aimed at correcting criminal behaviour. The offender may be sentenced to imprisonment for an initial period after which he or she may be required to serve the remainder of the sentence in the community. In some cases the offender is released immediately to serve correctional supervision in the community.
While on correctional supervision the offender is encouraged to be employed, make decisions and take responsibility for actions taken. Through rehabilitative programmes, offenders are expected to understand the harm they have caused and take responsibility for it. The process involves the offender, family and community in identifying the problem and finding solutions rather than merely focusing on blaming the offender.
Oscar Pistorius’ house arrest.
Oscar will spend the next 4 years with an uncle under house arrest, undergoing psychotherapy and with no access to fire arms. He was convicted of the manslaughter of his girlfriend on 14th February 2013; he insists that he mistook her for an intruder in his home.
A spokesperson for the Steenkamp family said her parents had expected the early release even though they opposed it, adding that nothing could bring back their daughter.
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