Nearly 140 COVID-19 cases confirmed in correctional facilities

Nearly 140 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in correctional facilities in four provinces of the country. This is according to Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Ronald Lamola. He briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services as well as the Select committee on Security and Justice on a virtual[…]

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CCTV Camera’s to be installed in SA prisons

South African prisoners may be faced with round-the-clock monitoring with the possible installation of CCTV cameras. The proposal for the installation of surveillance in corridors and cells of prisons was presented to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services last week. Co-founder and Project Coordinator of the University of[…]

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Exclusive: R378m prisons tender scandal

In its first bold move, South Africa’s new tender regulator has instructed the prisons department to cancel an “irregular” tender of R378 million awarded to an ANC benefactor. Documents obtained by News24/Netwerk24 show how prisons boss Zach Modise defied requests by the newly-established office of the chief procurement officer (CPO)[…]

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IS threatens to destroy Saudi prisons after executions

Islamic State threatened to destroy Saudi Arabian prisons holding radicals after Riyadh’s execution of 47 people including 43 convicted al Qaeda militants. The militant group, which has claimed responsibility for attacks in the kingdom and stepped up operations in neighboring Yemen, singled out the al-Ha’ir and Tarfiya prisons where many[…]

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40 Palestinian women being held in Israeli jails

The number of Palestinian women being held in Israel’s prisons has increased to 40 after thee minors were detained near Bethlehem earlier this week, the head of the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said Saturday. Issa Qaraqe said that Israel’s women’s prison, HaSharon, was now overcrowded, and Israeli authorities had[…]

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