n African Security Review - The Number, Jonny Steinberg : book review

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... There are almost 190 000 men, women and children (mostly men) in South Africa's prisons. Literally hundreds of thousands more trudge through their gates every year. Those who are entering the system find themselves in institutions that are overcrowded and understaffed, and in which they must learn to cope with endemic violence and constant material deprivation. Those who are leaving after months or years of confinement are seldom better equipped to deal with the challenges of life than they were before their incarceration. Indeed, for a large number, to resort to criminality is made all the more likely by ..

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