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How our focus on punishment fails society and inmates

April 12, 2018 By Azarrah Abdul Karrim While many prisoners in SA live in overcrowded, inhumane conditions often inconsistent with human rights, billions of taxpayer rands are invested in prisons every year. However, conditions in prisons and reoffending rates contribute to a broken system which, if not addressed, could cost taxpayers more in the long run […]

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Op-Ed: Is Ebongweni C-Max prison living up to its promises?

September 18, 2017 By Gwen Dereymaeker Ebongweni C-Max prison in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal, is meant to house inmates who have exhibited consistent disruptive behaviour and are regarded as particularly dangerous and violent. However, it is unclear whether the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has clear policy criteria to decide who should be transferred there. Today, Ebongweni […]

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Detention Justice Forum Calls for Urgent Action In Response to Justice Edwin Cameron’s Report on “Sickening Conditions” in Pollsmoor Prison

FOR RELEASE: 7 September 2015 Constitutional Court Judge, Justice Edwin Cameron released a report this week on his visit to Pollsmoor Remand Detention Facility and Pollsmoor Women’s Correctional Centre. The visit was undertaken in April this year, as part of the Constitutional Court’s prison visiting project, and the report details the “sickening conditions” he and […]

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