- To rehabilitate offenders within their communities.
- To decongest prisons.
- To reduce the rate of re-offending (recidivism).
- To reduce government expenditure on offenders in prisons.
- To promote family and social cohesion through reconciliation of offenders, victims and the community.
- To enhance the protection of offenders' human rights.
- To increase involvement of the public in the administration of justice.