Friday, June 21, 2024

Judge Nthomiwa’s ruling might help reduce recidivism

Maun High Court Judge Godfrey Nthomiwa’s recent ruling that government must provide internet in prisons so that it could be accessible to prison inmates is likely to help with ex-offenders’ reintegration into society and help reduce recidivism.

While there are hesitations by the State to the availing of and accessing of the internet by prisoners over the possibility that internet access can become a potential free-for-all that could lead to threats to victims or engagement in digital crimes, there is also a growing body of evidence which affirms that internet access promotes the reintegration of ex-offenders into society. Studies also show that such fears are alleviated by the fact that digital technologies can be custom designed for each purpose, and access to them strictly monitored and controlled in secure environments such as Botswana prisons.

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