PRISONS

A tale of two prisoners: Juane Jacobs and Jacob Zuma

Juane Jacobs is a prisoner at Leeuwkop in Johannesburg. He is extremely ill but he has been denied medical parole. Are double standards being used to determine who gets medical parole in South African correctional facilities?

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21 September 2021

Prisoners accuse government of parole delays

While Correctional Services denies there is a backlog, the Judicial Inspectorate says there is a problem

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26 August 2021

Harsh prison terms won’t solve the crisis of gender-based violence

The certainty of arrest and prosecution, not long sentences, is what deters crime

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9 August 2021

Dispute over quality of prison food

Correctional services say claims by Prisoners at Leeuwkop Maximum Prison are “nowhere near reality”

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11 June 2021

Prisoners give management an ultimatum

St Albans hunger strike ends but prisoners want conditions improved

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1 March 2021

Concourt gives prison watchdog more independence

But the CEO of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services can still be disciplined by the Justice Department

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7 December 2020

Violence in prisons is increasing. The prisons watchdog needs more power to stop it

A Constitutional Court decision, awaited since March, will be crucial for the safety of inmates and wardens

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3 September 2020

Foreign nationals are being held in prison past their release dates

Prisoners say they were told they will have to wait until Covid-19 is over before they will be free

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19 August 2020

Prisoners at Brandvlei starved of water when pump failed

People don’t see prisoners as human beings, says inmate’s daughter

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21 July 2020

Covid-19: Whatever unfolds in our prisons will affect all of us

The release of 19,000 low-risk inmates is a bold and necessary step to save lives

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26 May 2020

Covid-19: Lockdown makes access to justice for prisoners even more difficult

Leeuwkop trial inmates “subjected daily to the control of the people they are suing for torture”

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25 May 2020

Prison riot in Lusikisiki

Awaiting trial inmates say their “rights are grossly violated” by the Covid-19 lockdown regulations

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12 May 2020

Covid-19: Government starts large prisoner release

About 19,000 low-risk offenders may qualify

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8 May 2020

Covid-19: Call for Minister to release prisoners

“There is every reason to fear that the virus may spread more fearsomely within our correctional system, and soon”

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24 April 2020

Covid-19 and the perils of over-incarceration

Inspecting judge calls for prisoner releases

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24 April 2020