Pistorius could get 'separate accommodation' in prison

2014-09-11 21:37

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Johannesburg - The department of correctional services on Thursday said disabled prisoners could be entitled to separate accommodation, in a statement released as the verdict was delivered in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.

"Separate accommodation is arranged depending on the vulnerability caused by the disability," the department said, responding to "several requests for information".

"Inmates are accommodated in line with their type of disability. However, each case is based on its own merits"

Pistorius had both legs amputated below the knee as a child.

The department added that within six hours of admission the risk for inmate and his or her needs must be assessed.

"Offenders have the right to conditions of detention that are consistent with human dignity, including at least exercise and the provision, at state expense, of adequate accommodation, nutrition, reading material and medical treatment."

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