Reform and Stasis: Transformation in South African Prisons

Reform and Stasis: Transformation in South African Prisons

This paper will look at some of the important changes that have been brought about in policy and legislation regarding the prison system in the last few years. It will also look at some issues which create resistance to change in this area.


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.

Stephen Ellis
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Stephen Ellis is a Senior Researcher at the Afrika-studicentrum, Leiden, Netherlands.

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