Former President Nelson Mandela wrote in his autobiography that “no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails”.
In this factsheet, we provide data to show what’s going on inside South African prisons. As we wrap up youth month, we’ve been looking at various issues affecting youth – jobs, unemployment, and homelessness. Today we look at incarcerated youth.
According to statistics, the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services, a body tasked with overseeing South Africa’s correctional services, South Africa has 236 operational prisons at the end of March 2016, with 7 “under some form of renovation” at the time.
There are 236 Operational prisons, with 9 being Female prisons and 14 Youth facilities. That is a number of 104 209 are classified as Youth (18 – 35 years). Gauteng accounts for 21,1% of this number.
Tonight we come live to you from the Boksburg Correctional Centre and we’re joined by 6 offenders interchangeable or inmates.
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