Edwin Cameron: Our prisons are failing, they need to become correctional facilities

2020-03-04 15:44

Our policies have become more punitive, yet our crime rate continues going up, writes Edwin Cameron.

OPINION | A small victory in the fight for the protection of prisoners' rights

2019-09-19 05:00

If we find ourselves saying that prisoners should be locked up forever, with little regard to how they are treated, then we are disregarding a necessary understanding of human nature, writes Zia Wasserman.

Overcrowded prisons mean shortage of beds, uniforms for those awaiting trial

2019-07-18 08:46

"One prison had 97% available and another only 8%. The supply of uniforms – especially shoes – cannot keep up with the demand."

Prisoner denied access to personal laptop for studies takes authorities to court

2019-06-21 06:23

Mbalenhle Nkosi, an inmate at Johannesburg Medium C Correctional facility, has taken the head of the prison, the national commissioner and the Minister of Correctional Services to court over access to a laptop in his cell.

'Irregular' contractor appointment at the heart of prison security installation delay

2019-06-11 14:52

A dispute over the appointment of a contractor is at the heart of the delay in completing security upgrades at two prisons.

Assault cases opened following Pollsmoor violence

2017-05-03 22:51

Assault cases have been opened following attacks on five warders at Pollsmoor prison over the long weekend, a correctional services spokesperson has said.

WATCH: Oscar Pistorius's fate to be decided today

The parole board of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria will meet on Friday to reconsider whether it should grant Oscar Pistorius parole.

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No beds for almost 45 000 inmates as overcrowding burdens SA's prisons

2019-09-28 21:27

The most recent inmate numbers show that the country’s prisons are 37% overcrowded, with 162 875 prisoners against an accommodation capacity of 118 572 bed spaces, the Department of Correctional Services has confirmed.

Inmate killed, guard injured during scuffle at St Albans

2019-09-01 15:50

An inmate was killed and a prison guard was injured during a violent scuffle at St Albans Prison Correctional Centre in the Eastern Cape.

'No mercy' for errant prison officials as Lamola cracks the whip

2019-07-03 18:39

New Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says there will be no mercy for prison officials caught smuggling contraband, as his department probes a number of institutions around the country.

Watchdog investigating Goedemoed Prison 'abuse'

2019-06-20 17:01

The Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services has told News24 that it is currently investigating allegations of warders abusing prisoners at Goedemoed Prison.

'Stripper' pictures were manipulated - PSA

2017-07-05 20:37

The Public Servants Association of SA has claimed that viral pictures of strippers at a Johannesburg prison on Youth Day were manipulated.

Dept preached non-racialism, but let racism flourish - employee

2016-07-15 21:57

Correctional Services preached non-racialism while allowing racist policies to flourish, one of its employees has said outside the Constitutional Court.

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