Spotlight on South Africa Prisons


Leeuwkop Prison

“There are many pieces of new legislation that aim to eradicate South Africa’s key remand detention headaches, including over-crowding, access to health care, and abuse behind bars. Some of these laws have been effective: the recently implemented law that demands the referral of remand detainees who have been awaiting trial for more than two years back to court for re-examination of their matters is a great step forward.

However, other laudable policy decisions have struggled to be implemented, or still have big loopholes that negatively affect that care of this category of inmates. For example, while policy stipulates all remand detainees must undergo a medical exam as soon as possible after admission, this is sometimes too late to prevent infection in the case of communicable disease (like tuberculosis)…”

Read WJP researcher, Robyn Leslie’s guest post as it appeared on Fair Trials International. The piece looks at South African prisons, paying close attention to remand detention.



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