Rehabilitation programmes in prisons are key to protecting society from crime and reducing recidivism. Rehabilitation is the process of re-educating, re-orienting and retraining those serving sentences using psychological approaches which target cognitive distortions associated with specific kinds of crime committed by particular offenders. Additionally, through rehabilitation, offenders receive general education such as literacy skills and work training. International law stipulates that imprisonment should not be limited to the deprivation of liberty alone. Rather, it should include opportunities for prisoners to obtain knowledge and skills that can assist them in their successful reintegration upon release, with a view to avoiding future offending.

The Capacity Development Programme seeks to address both offenders and staff. The programme facilitates the successful rehabilitation of adults and children in conflict with the law serving both custodial and non-custodial sentences.

Priority areas/projects covered within Capacity Development include:

  • Behavior change and life skills
  • Building the capacity of Prisons officers, Probation and Aftercare Services and Department of Children Services
  • Education
  • Vocational and livelihoods training

Capacity Development Projects