correctional services

‘Prison economy’ aided by correctional officials

By Anees Teladia While the state of security and integrity within South African prisons has arguably always been regarded as questionable by the public, South Africa’s prisons are doing well in comparison to many other African states, according to the Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) project. The spotlight has fallen[…]

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Three Pollsmoor escapees rearrested

Three Pollsmoor prisoners have been re-arrested, while a manhunt continues for three other inmates who were escaped from the correctional facility on Sunday night. The six youth offenders escaped from the B4 section of the prison, after using their bed posts to break their cell’s burglar bars. Three of the[…]

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Pollsmoor remand facility still at 174% capacity: SGJ

Some progress has been made in reducing overcrowding at Pollsmoor’s awaiting trial facility but there is much more to be done, says Sonke Gender Justice in a response to the Department of Correctional Services’ action plan on problems at the prison. The action plan was ordered by the Western Cape[…]

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Overcrowding remains biggest challenge for Pollsmoor

By Melanie Sauer The inmates of the Pollsmoor Correctional Centre have seen a turnaround of the previously “unlawful” living conditions, in just a matter of months. But upon VOC News inspection of the prison yesterday, it is clear the Department of Justice and Correctional Services has a long way to[…]

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Mathe’s family to be given chance to collect his body

The family of Annanias Mathe, the serial rapist and armed robber who made history when he became the only person to escape from Pretoria’s C-Max prison, have been informed of his death and will be given an opportunity to collect his body after a post-mortem has been completed. The KwaZulu-Natal[…]

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Crimes commited with impunity in prisons: researcher

Crimes are being committed in South Africa’s prisons with impunity, a researcher said at a Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services’ (JICS) seminar on prison assault and torture on Thursday. “What is the Department of Correctional Services doing about it?” asked a frustrated Gwen Dereymaeker of the University of the Western[…]

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Dept denies preparing cell for Oscar

The correctional services department on Monday denied reports that it had already prepared a cell for paralympian Oscar Pistorius at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison. “Any insinuation that the department has prepared a cell to incarcerate anyone who has not yet been sentenced to a jail term is both malicious[…]

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