Africa Access to legal rights Material conditions Facilities Activities South AfricaFive former prisoners share their experiences in South African prisons. Incarcerated for different lengths of time, at different periods and in different facilities, these diverse perspectives highlight the challenges faced by prisoners in South Africa.
Africa Pre-trial detention Women Minors Foreign prisoners LGBTQI Long-term prisoners Mental health Material conditions Facilities Suicide Death penalty Torture Activities Social ties Alternatives Work South AfricaAll there is to know about South African prisons in 2023. Key figures, life in detention, references: discover all the data gathered by Prison Insider.
Africa Health Material conditions Violence South AfricaThe Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) is the oversight body responsible for supervising South Africa’s prison service. Prison Insider met with Edwin Cameron, the Inspecting Judge, and the JICS executive team to discuss prison conditions in the country.
South Africa: JICS finds evidence of racial discrimination, human rights abuses against “Phoenix accused”
Africa Material conditions Torture South AfricaThe Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) and the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) are at loggerheads over findings of an investigation into allegations of abuse of inmates of Indian descent jailed in Phoenix during the July 2021 unrest.
Africa Access to legal rights Justice Material conditions South AfricaDerrick Thulani Ndlovu discusses South Africa’s justice system and prison conditions with Danielle Louw, of Ndifuna Ukwazi (‘Dare to know’), a social justice activism group based in Cape Town.
Africa Pre-trial detention Minors Activities Rehabilitation South AfricaWhile South Africans commemorated the youth of 1976 which sparked a revolution, many youngsters charged with violent crimes are still incarcerated in government facilities.
Africa Coronavirus Health Material conditions Protest Overcrowding Activities Social ties South AfricaAs the COVID-19 outbreaks around the world suprised most governments, how did the South African authorities respond to the crisis behind the bars? Were prison authorities prepared to avoid the spread of the virus? Which measures were taken and how did them impact prisoners’ lives?
Africa Material conditions Facilities Torture Violence South AfricaViolence has deep roots in South Africa, going back to colonial conquest and the apartheid state. Which is why those who end up in prison receive very little sympathy, and even less coverage in the national press.
Africa Coronavirus Justice Health Material conditions Social ties South Africa“The numbers kept going up, and up, and up and up…”. More than 2,700 South African prisoners are infected with the coronavirus. We have asked three questions to the NGO Sonke Gender Justice.
Africa Coronavirus Long-term prisoners Health Material conditions Overcrowding South AfricaInmates serving lengthy sentences for serious and violent crimes say basic regulations to combat the spread of the coronavirus are being flouted, putting their lives at risk.
South Africa: plans under way to remove babies of offenders from East London prison after Covid-19 outbreak
Africa Coronavirus Women Minors South AfricaThe correctional services department is making plans for babies of two offenders at an East London female prison to be taken to their mothers’ families after cases of Covid-19 at the correctional facility. There are 26 confirmed coronavirus cases at the East London Correctional Centre. Three are in…
Overcrowding South AfricaCape Town – Offenders who have been handed sentences of less than two years will serve their time doing community service. This decision has been made by Acting High Court Judge AJ Thulare in a bid to curb overcrowding in prisons. The move has been welcomed by Department of Correctional Services re…