China has been very successful at crime control while South Africa has neglected rehabilitation and failed dismally at resettling ex-offenders.
One way to break the cycles that return offenders to prison is through the way society treats ex-offenders, providing them with basic human needs such as employment.
The British justice secretary’s proposal to make short prison sentences a last resort is the right idea at the worst possible time.
Introducing companion animals to South African prisoners and encouraging them to write could aid their rehabilitation.
Games such as chess should be a welcome addition to the activities available for prisoners.
Access to loved ones helps reduce reoffending.