n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Imprisonment of black women with their babies and young children : a South African case study

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383


Very little is known about black women who are imprisoned with their young children. The primary objective of this article is to fill this gap in information on how black mothers are treated in South African prisons. It does so by reporting on qualitative empirical research undertaken on black women incarcerated with their children in South African prisons. The findings of this research are supplemented by statistical information on women prisoners from official South African sources, while studies of black women in prisons in the USA provide a comparative perspective. These data suggest that black South African women incarcerated with their children suffer multiple disadvantages. The article concludes with recommendations regarding what could be done to improve the situation.

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