Prisons are a vital part of the criminal justice system often overlooked in the struggle for peace and stability. This article considers the many issues which remain unresolved despite the protests and severe destruction caused by the prison riots in 1994.
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.