Young people in conflict with the law and those at risk of offending have taken steps towards active citizenship in all program countries during the program period
Addressing SDG 16
The Youth Justice programme in South Africa has 3 main objectives;
1. Those at risk of offending enjoy access to protection and training that has been successfully utilized.
2. Those in conflict with the law, and ex offenders, enjoy access to protection and have received training that has been successfully utilized.
3. Duty bearers in all program countries have taken measures to improve the access to Human Rights, prevention and reintegration for the target group
Between 2018/19, the YMCA reduced the rate of recidivism among participants in the programme to less than 10%.
This is being achieved through intense levels of support to offenders while they are in prison;
connecting the offender to family and community;
providing job skills training and psycho/social support on release from Correctional Centres.
Definition of recidivism: A measurement of the rate at which offenders commit other crimes, either by arrest or conviction baselines, after being released from incarceration.
The current rate of recidivism in South Africa ranges from 70% to 85%