Fear, force and sex in Sun City

in-their-boots“In 2010, the researchers of Just Detention interviewed 28 warders, six inmates and six prison managers about their response to violence in the prison. A recurring issue they discussed was their inability to appropriately prevent or address sexual violence between inmates.

Rape and sexual violence behind bars is a widespread problem, the warders and researchers say. How many inmates are affected, however, is unclear, as the department of correctional services (DCS) does not differentiate between sexual and other forms of violence in its reports.”

Read senior journalist – Ruth Hopkin’s – piece as it appeared in Mail & Guardian. The article gives an overview of the findings from research conducted by Just Detention International-South Africa. Some of the main issues that emerged from the research report included, but were not limited to: (1) disturbingly low staff-to-inmate ratio; (2) lack of training of DCS officials to deal with incidents of sexual violence; and (3) run-down infrastructure. The report was launched on January 28 2015 at the Wits School of Governance, Donald Gordon Auditorium.

Read the full report on JDI’s website and the Department of Correctional Services’ response to the report, here

Additional Readings

Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) 2013/2014 Annual Report



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