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A guide to parole: written for parolees by parolees

In 2018, Zonk’izizwe Odds Development (ZOD) and Beyond the Bars, with the support of Sonke Gender Justice, developed a reentry guide targeting pre- and post-release parolees, to provide support for adjustment to life immediately after prison.

The guide essentially provides the following: a description of parole and when one may qualify for it (with an emphasis on the fact that parole is not a right, it is a privilege); some of the conditions attached to parole (e.g. not committing further crimes, seeking employment, participating in community service, etc.); and an outline of the benefits and challenges of parole, with a focus on dealing with the potential issues of reintegration (e.g. access to medical care, stigma, and finding a job).

Proper social reintegration of parolees is a crucial form of violence prevention, as it has the potential to reduce recidivism.

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