The Detention Justice Forum is a civil society coalition, comprising of non-governmental organisations and individuals seeking to ensure that the rights and well-being of those who are detained are respected as enshrined under the South African Constitution, laws, and international human rights norms and standards.



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, […]

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 […]

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 […]