A guide to the rights of inmates as described in the Correctional Services Act and Regulations (revised 2010)

The Correctional Services Act (111 of 1998) was promulgated in 2004 creating a rights-based framework for South Africa’s prison system. In 2008 the Correctional Services Act was amended by the Correctional Services Amendment Act (25 of 2008). This guide, originally published in 2006, has been updated to incorporate the changes to the 1998 Correctional Services Act following the recent amendment. The purpose of this guide is to describe in an accessible and user-friendly format the human rights framework pertaining to inmates in South Africa based on the Constitution, Correctional Services Act and the Regulations accompanying the legislation. Where appropriate, reference is made to other legislation when this has a direct bearing on the rights of inmates. Care was, however, taken to focus on the rights of inmates and the guide should thus not be seen as a guide prison law in South Africa or even as a plain language guide to the complete Correctional Services Act. Large parts of this Act deal, for instance, with the operations and management of the Department of Correctional Service and do not have a direct bearing on the rights of inmates.

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