Disabled people manage in prison, ‘one way or another’

2013-02-21 00:00

THE Correctional Services Act makes no provision for special treatment of disabled prisoners like Oscar Pretorius.

The only stipulation is that all inmates must be treated in a humane manner.

Willie Clack, a lecturer in prison management at Unisa, said the act makes provision only for the separate housing of sentenced and awaiting trial prisoners, men and women, children and adults.

The only part of the law that deals specifically with the disabled specifies that when a prisoner who uses a prosthetic limb is admitted, this must be noted by the nursing staff, and a prosthesis may be removed only on a doctor’s orders.

Clack, who worked in prisons for years before becoming a lecturer, said he knew of many disabled people who had been in prison.

“…They manage, one way or another,” he said.

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