ARTICLES RELATING TO CORRECTIONAL SERVICES

All systems go for 183 inmates as matric exams kick off soon

2019-10-07 20:23

A total of 183 inmates from 13 schools are expected to write their National Senior Certificate examinations, the Department of Correctional Services says.

Prison death - Judicial Inspectorate probing if St Albans at fault

2019-09-02 20:35

The Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) on Monday said it was investigating the circumstances of a violent scuffle at St Albans Prison Correctional Centre in the Eastern Cape, which left an inmate dead and a prison guard injured.

Probe into videos showing Durban prisoners doing drugs, being handed weapons to fight

2019-06-22 21:53

Durban Westville correctional facility has come under ministerial scrutiny after the emergence of two videos showing inmates openly doing drugs and being given weapons by officials, who instigate them to fight.

9 officials arrested for allegedly helping at least 36 foreign parolees escape - Cele

2018-03-19 18:33

Nine government officials who were arrested have been accused of illegally releasing at least 36 parolees over the period of a year so that they could escape deportation.

Maverick 'Sun City' prison officials may be stripped of duties

2017-06-26 15:05

At least 13 prison officials are expected to be suspended after explicit photographs depicting prisoners with scantily-clad women surfaced on social media over the weekend.

PAC's Kenny Motsamai may soon be granted full parole - Correctional Services

2017-01-03 13:02

The PAC's Kenny Motsamai - who has been behind bars for 27 years - may soon be granted full parole, the Department of Correctional Services says.

Dozens of prisoners injured in Leeuwkop prison fire

2016-12-23 18:17

About 36 prisoners have sustained serious to minor injuries following a fire at Leeuwkop prison, say Gauteng paramedics.

'Life is a hard one' inside Losperfontein prison

2016-12-21 08:51

News24 visits Losperfontein correctional facility during the annual search operation known as 'Operation Vala', where one prisoner reveals what life on the inside is like.

Electronic monitoring the solution to prison overcrowding – NGO

2016-12-07 20:03

An NGO focused on prisoner reintegration believes that a High Court ruling on poor conditions at Pollsmoor Prison has paved the way for electronic monitoring to be used for first-time offenders.

Prison warders finally get salary promised - in 2009

2016-11-21 19:10

Correctional services employees have finally won their protracted battle to have their salaries increased.

 

Ex-KZN police spokesperson jailed for fake matric certificate gets parole

2019-09-25 21:51

Former KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge, who was jailed over a fake matric certificate, has been granted parole, the Department of Correctional Services has said.

Joburg prisoner takes Correctional Services to court over laptop access

2019-07-18 07:49

The Department of Correctional Services will allow a prisoner to sign court papers so he can proceed with litigation against the department, reports GroundUp

The state of our prisons: Overcrowding, suicides and shortage of care for mental illness

2018-10-15 07:12

Overcrowding remains a serious problem in South African prisons and the situation of mentally-ill inmates has become urgent in light of recent deaths.

Convicts sentenced to life before 2004 may serve less time

2017-06-29 20:31

Inmates convicted to life imprisonment before 2004 could now spend fewer years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

Janusz Walus 'stripped of his South African citizenship'

2017-05-29 22:39

Janusz Walus has been stripped of his South African citizenship, his lawyer says.

Why Pollsmoor prison's overcrowding can't be solved overnight - Masutha

2016-12-23 21:19

Detainees kept in jail while they wait to go on trial or to be sentenced are a big contributing factor to overcrowding at Pollsmoor prison.

Muvhango boss emotional after inmates commend play

2016-12-22 08:45

Celebrated Muvhango showrunner Duma Ndlovu says he became emotional when female inmates at Westville prison commended his play, The Game.

Winning Lotto ticket, TVs, cellphones confiscated during surprise prison search

2016-12-20 20:54

A winning Lotto ticket, TVs, 13kg of dagga and 125 litres of home-made alcohol are amongst some of the items that have been uncovered during a random search at Losperfontein prison.

Court victory for Pollsmoor's awaiting-trial prisoners

2016-12-06 10:41

Rampant overcrowding and “horrendous” conditions at Pollsmoor's remand centre for awaiting-trial detainees have to be addressed, the Western Cape High Court has ordered.

Crimes commited with impunity in prisons: researcher

2016-11-18 10:14

Crimes are being committed in South Africa's prisons with impunity, a researcher said at a Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services' seminar on prison assault and torture.

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