Rights commission to look into prison cameras

2013-06-20 10:34

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has agreed to look into the legal implications of installing CCTV cameras in prisons.

The commission would reportedly research what was being done in other jurisdictions and share the results with Parliament’s correctional services oversight committee, the Cape Argus reported today.

SAHRC head Lawrence Mushwana told the committee yesterday that no position had been taken on the issue, but that it had weighed the rights of prisoners against the rights of the community.

“If you look at the consequences that are happening every day in our prisons, it’s something that should have been done yesterday,” Mushwana was quoted as saying in his personal capacity.

Committee member Judith Cohen said it was time to explore options “because certainly, when a person is sentenced to go to prison, the judge doesn’t add ‘and you’re sentenced to be raped on your first night’”.

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