Categories: National News
Prisons that don’t rehabilitate simply mean more criminals on our streets every year. As you know, crime continues to grow.
These shocking statistics, derived from a report in the Mail & Guardian, emphasis South Africa’s decline:
- The Correctional Services department owes R1.3-billion in damages to prisoners and ex-prisoners for injury and rape whilst imprisoned.
- R71-million in wasteful expenditure
- R215-million in irregular expenditure.
- Department’s annual report says there are 243 correctional prisons but a report by the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services says 236?
- 17% of assaults in prison are committed by staff yet disciplinary action was only taken against 1 warden. “Some prisoners are placed in single cells for days without food or basic amenities and transferred subsequently to avoid these cases coming under the scrutiny of the SAPS.”
- 32% of prisons do not have a doctor or nurse on the premises. 17 prisons haven’t seen a doctor in over 3 months.
- 851 prisoners died last year; 47 murdered; many of the 260 inmates who died from tuberculosis, Aids and pneumonia contracted the diseases in prison.
- 33% of unsentenced inmates are held for 6 months or more. These include the innocent who face danger whilst waiting for release.
- “In excess of 18 000 people per month were unnecessarily arrested by the police and consequently ended up in prison awaiting trial”.