Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fritz calls for fewer children in juvenile centres

Lauren Snyders
28 March 2012

The Western Cape’s MEC for social development Albert Fritz said that there are too many children who are sent to juvenile centres, which return unreformed.

If a minor is found guilty of serious or violent crimes they are sent to one of seven centres in the Western Cape.

In the province about 411 children are currently being held in centres, Fritz wants to reduce this number.

Fritz said that children who are awaiting trial should be held within their communities through a community supervision programme.

He said the centres have to remain the last resort.

Fritz added that he will work towards having only one centre for children who have been sentenced in the province.

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