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11 Oct 2019
6:00 am

SA prisons remain overcrowded hellholes

The prison population stands at 162,875 inmates, while the capacity or available bed space is 118,572.

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Prison violence and overcrowding remain the most prevalent issues facing inmates in South Africa’s prisons, according to the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services’ annual report for the 2018/19 review period. According to the report, as of March 31, the prison population stood at 162,875 inmates, while the capacity or available bed space was 118,572. Despite the department of correctional services (DCS) having put plans in place to create more bed space, in practice, the report pointed out, the available space had not changed materially for the past three years. In Gauteng, only two of the 15 prisons were not overcrowded....