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Prison conditions in South Africa

Author: Human Rights Watch (Organization); Africa Watch Committee.; Prison Project (Human Rights Watch)
Publisher: New York : Human Rights Watch, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
While visiting over twenty prisons as well as lockups in at least five different cities throughout South Africa, we found significant improvements had been made since the political climate began to change in 1990. Nevertheless, South Africa's prisoner-to-population ratio is among the highest in the world, and many aspects of prison life remain depressinly unchanged from the years of official apartheid. South African  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Human Rights Watch (Organization); Africa Watch Committee.; Prison Project (Human Rights Watch)
ISBN: 1564321266 9781564321268
OCLC Number: 29895383
Notes: University of KwaZulu-Natal Library notes:
2 10 16
Description: xx, 116 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Recent changes in prison legislation --
Physical circumstances --
Different treatment based on race --
The "privilege" system --
Disciplinary measures --
Gangs and violence --
Police lockups --
Contacts with the outside --
Work --
Activities --
Special categories of prisoners --
Release --
Prisons in the "independent" homelands.
Responsibility: Africa Watch Prison Project.
Local System Bib Number:
u152164
(Sirsi) i9781564321268
(Sirsi) 152164

Abstract:

While visiting over twenty prisons as well as lockups in at least five different cities throughout South Africa, we found significant improvements had been made since the political climate began to change in 1990. Nevertheless, South Africa's prisoner-to-population ratio is among the highest in the world, and many aspects of prison life remain depressinly unchanged from the years of official apartheid. South African prisons are places of extreme violence, where assaults on prisoners by guards or fellow inmates are common and often fatal.
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