n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Editorial

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'Private prisons will necessarily be an improvement on public prisons because it would be almost impossible to perform any worse' (Institute for Security Studies (ISS), 2001). Two basic yet interrelated challenges to the South African correctional system, namely overcrowding and insufficient funding, motivated the Department of Correctional Services to approach the private sector to design, construct, finance and manage private prisons in South Africa. This is not unique since 'all new prisons in England and Wales are to be privately financed, designed, built and run' (Corporate Watch, 2000).


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