Beyond the Prison Walls
Offender rehabilitation for the community good
Mangaung Correctional Centre in South Africa is the second largest private prison in the world and, having played a part in its design and construction, G4S were awarded a 25 year contract to run the prison on behalf of the Department of Correctional Services.
The purpose built prison ensures that even though facilities are extensive and provide a range of opportunities for inmates to learn and develop new skills, security is tight and controlled at all times, especially with nearly 3,000 inmates.
At Mangaung, inmates spend 40 hours per week on a broad range of activities, a figure nearly double the number set for prisons in the UK. There is a clear focus on each inmate gaining the right skills in order to enhance the chance of employment upon their release. In fact, Mangaung’s educational centre for adults “Liberty” is renowned in South Africa for its successes.
In addition to education, Mangaung plays an enormous part in introducing corporate responsibility; the inmates grow and donate produce to local charities, make clothes for local children and make furniture to donate to local schools.
These are just some of the reasons why for two years running G4S has been presented with an award for local community development by the Premier of the province.
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