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.



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 […]

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 […]