Department of Correctional Services (DCS)

Contact Details

Postal Private Bag X136, Pretoria, 0001
Physical 124 Poyntons Building, Cnr WF Nkomo & Sophie De Bruyn Streets, West Block, Pretoria
Tel 012 307 8555
Fax 012 323 6088


The vision of the Department of Correctional Services is to contribute to a just, peaceful and safer South Africa through effective and humane incarceration of inmates, and rehabilitation and social reintegration of offenders.

The Department's strategic objectives are: building organisational capacity for enhanced service delivery; effective management of business processes to promote good governance and ethical administration; providing a secured ICT infrastructure and business systems; professionalising for effective human resource management and development; an effective management of remand detention processes to promote conducive participation in court processes; holding remand detainees and offenders in secure, safe and humane conditions; effective case management process; effective incarceration and rehabilitation to protect society; correcting offender behaviour through access to correctional programmes and psychological, social and spiritual services; improving offenders' human development through literacy, education and skills competency programmes; reduced re-offending to contribute to a safer South Africa; providing inmates with appropriate nutritional services; providing inmates with appropriate access to health services; rehabilitating, monitoring and accepting probationers and parolees as law-abiding citizens by the communities; providing offenders with access to restorative justice processes; and effective management and functioning of the parole boards.

Note: The Department: Justice and Constitutional Development and the Department: Correctional Services were merged into the Department: Justice and Correctional Services after the May 2014 elections. For the purpose of this edition we have listed the departments separately as they reported in separate annual reports up to the 2014/15 financial year.

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