oa Article 40 - New report sheds light on the situation of children in South Africa's prisons

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



In 2012 the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative (Community Law Centre) published the "Report on Children in Prison in South Africa." The report is a situational analysis of children in prison and arose from the perceived need to update domestic statistical information on children in conflict with the law as well as test and record compliance on the part of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) with the prescripts of the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 (the Act). The findings in the report are based on both qualitative and quantitative data from 41 DCS facilities and structured according to the "child justice indicators applicable to imprisonment" developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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