n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - A case study of female incarceration in South Africa

Volume 23, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



In South Africa correctional centres focus primarily on the majority male population (nearly 98% of the inmate population). This often leads to a neglect of the needs of incarcerated women. The first section of this discussion provides a historical account of this extremely vulnerable minority group where-after research findings are presented on the demographics of female incarceration together with an exposition of conditions in corrections. Finally, the phenomenon of incarcerated mothers is explored focussing on both the issue of children who are allowed to stay with their mothers in correctional centres, as well as those who have to remain in open society while the mother remains incarcerated.

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