Prisoner denied access to laptop for studies takes authorities to court

Correctional services say his computer is a security risk

By Zoë Postman - 20 June 2019
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Call to bolster independence of prisons watchdog

“A watchdog body which is understaffed and unable to do what it’s meant to do”

By Barbara Maregele - 7 June 2019
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Garden for psychiatric patients struggles to find funding

Lentegeur Market Garden may not make it through the year

By Kristine Liao and Katherine Liu - 21 May 2019
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Prisoner alleges beatings at Westville

“They cannot do worse to me than they already have” says inmate

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 27 March 2019
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Joburg prisoners claim department is violating court’s order to feed them properly

Correctional Services says it has complied with the order and denies any wrongdoing

By Ciaran Ryan - 28 January 2019

Samuel Nndwambi’s murder conviction was overturned. But only after he spent 12 years in prison

He says he can never forgive the state

By Aidan Jones - 2 October 2018
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Sun City prisoners accuse staff of cheating them out of canteen money

Inmates say attempts to open fraud case blocked

By Ciaran Ryan - 20 September 2018
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Sibusiso Mavuka has spent ten years in prison, and appeared in court 91 times. He has never been convicted of any crime.

Mandela’s 100th birthday is a time for us to reflect on our criminal justice system

By Lee-Anne Bruce and Palesa Madi - 18 September 2018
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Judgment paints a damning picture of prison life at Sun City

Correctional Services ordered to feed prisoners properly

By Ciaran Ryan - 21 June 2018
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Prison inmates go 20 hours between meals

Court case throws light on conditions at “Sun City”

By Ciaran Ryan - 30 January 2018
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Barberton prisoners go on hunger strike

Sparked by backlog in parole applications

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 12 January 2018
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Minimum prison sentences must go, says Constitutional Court judge

They “are poorly-thought out, misdirected, hugely costly and an ineffective way of punishing criminals”

By Edwin Cameron - 3 November 2017
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Prison inmates stage play at Artscape

Theatre programme works with offenders to prepare them for life after prison

By Zoë Postman - 29 September 2017
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Can imprisoned asylum seekers be deported?

What happens to a Somali refugee may give the answer

By Tariro Washinyira - 18 August 2017
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State mental health patients are being held in prisons

There is a shortage of hospital beds in the Eastern Cape for inmates with mental illness

By Ashleigh Furlong - 27 July 2017
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Catch 22 for refugee in prison

Somali denied parole as he is unable to renew documentation

By Tariro Washinyira - 26 July 2017