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Prison overcrowding: No more band-aid solutions

March 13, 2017 By Ariane Nevin Following the High Court decision in December 2016 directing the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to immediately address the ‘deplorable’ overcrowding in Pollsmoor Remand, and the subsequent shuffling of sentenced inmates to other provinces, overcrowding in the facility for those awaiting trial is the lowest it’s been in the past five […]

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Blog: South African Judges Should Visit A Prison Once A Year

March 8, 2018 By Ariane Nevin and Nabeelah Mia On December 5, 2016, South African activists advocating for the human rights of inmates and detainees in South African prisons celebrated a huge victory. Following an application against the government by Sonke Gender Justice, represented by Lawyers for Human Rights, for the high court in Cape […]

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Op-Ed: Why we should care about inhumane prison conditions

December 6, 2017 By Ariane Nevin & Clare Ballard On 5 December 2016, the Western Cape High Court declared conditions in Pollsmoor Remand Detention Facility (Pollsmoor Remand) to be in breach of the government’s constitutional obligations to detain inmates in conditions consistent with human dignity. For decades, Pollsmoor Remand, a facility for awaiting trial detainees, […]

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