Racism and Discrimination in the South African Penal System

Racism and Discrimination in the South African Penal System

This research report focuses on the experiences and needs of one of the most vulnerable sectors of society – prisoners. It aims to investigate the impact of past injustices on the South African penal system, as well as to look at the current functioning of the system – in particular the attitudes and actions of the Department of Correctional Services.


Amanda Dissel
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Amanda Dissel is an independent consultant in criminal justice and violence prevention issues. This research was conducted while she was Criminal Justice Programme Manager at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). She has published on issues of human rights, conditions and treatment of detainees in prisons and police stations, juvenile and child justice, and violent crime.

Jody Kollapen
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Jody Kollapen is a Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission.

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