Navigating Life after Imprisonment: The Experiences of Elderly Parolees Transitioning Back to Communities in eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality




communities, elderly parolees, imprisonment, transitioning


The study explored the perceptions and experiences of elderly parolees transitioning back to the community. The study sample comprised 15 elderly parolees selected through purposive sampling. In-depth interviews were conducted using semi-structured interview guides. The study was situated in Durban Community Corrections, a reintegration centre under the Durban Management Area in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The study aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of elderly parolees’ experiences of transitioning from prison to the community. This study reveals that even though participants experienced loss of independence, family ties and identity, chronic health problems, and discrimination, they were able to desist from criminal activities, received religious support, and obtained short-term employment opportunities. The study concludes by proffering recommendations for the Department of Correctional Services, programme developers, coordinators, planners, social workers, as well as managers of community correctional centres who are responsible for ensuring that parolees continue to receive effective services after release from a correctional centre.


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Author Biography

Maud Mthembu, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Senior lecturer, Social Work Discipline, School of Applied Human Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


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How to Cite

Nduli, Sethenjwa, and Maud Mthembu. 2024. “Navigating Life After Imprisonment: The Experiences of Elderly Parolees Transitioning Back to Communities in EThekwini Metropolitan Municipality”. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development 36 (2):21 pages.



Received 2023-08-29
Accepted 2024-05-21
Published 2024-06-11