Op-ed: Number of awaiting-trial prisoners increases under lockdown

At the start of SA’s lockdown, prisoners were released in a bid to reduce transmission of Covid-19 in prisons. The emphasis was on sentenced persons via special parole. Yet our most crowded facilities are remand centres, holding those awaiting trial. In the Western Cape, since April, there has been a worrying increase in remand imprisonment. What is causing this rise?

Opinion-editorial by Jean Redpath in the Daily Maverick, 27 July 2020.

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