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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Opinion | 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”


News | 25 May 2020

Prison riot in Lusikisiki

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


Brief | 12 May 2020

Covid-19: Government starts large prisoner release

About 19,000 low-risk offenders may qualify


Brief | 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”


Brief | 24 April 2020

Covid-19 and the perils of over-incarceration

Inspecting judge calls for prisoner releases


Opinion | 24 April 2020

Covid-19: Prison inmates are in immediate danger

Picture 70 to 100 people in a room that is 8x24 square metres


Analysis | 21 April 2020

Concourt asked to strengthen independence of prisons inspectorate

Sonke Gender Justice asks judges to declare part of Correctional Services Act unconstitutional


Brief | 4 March 2020

Official report into Bloemfontein prison reveals mistreatment of inmates

Report released after a long legal battle


News | 3 March 2020

Our prisons are failing. They need to become correctional facilities

Our policies have become more punitive, yet our crime rate continues going up


Opinion | 3 March 2020

Prison officials explain Ramaphosa’s decision to reduce sentences

Officials ask Dunoon residents to accept ex-convicts back into society, as nearly 900 released from Pollsmoor


News | 17 February 2020

Report on prison torture allegations ordered to be released

Refusal by government to provide it was “unlawful and invalid” says judge


Law | 7 February 2020

Fight for release of report on alleged prison torture

Security company wants report to be redacted if it is to be released


Brief | 2 December 2019

Inmate alleging torture at Leeuwkop disputes psychiatrist’s report

The court case will resume on 11 May 2020


News | 15 November 2019

Prisoner alleging torture at Leeuwkop sticks to his story under cross-examiniation

“What I’m telling the court today is what happened”


News | 14 November 2019

Leeuwkop prisoner says officials gave him electric shocks in showers

“You feel like you can die”


News | 12 November 2019