Presentation on Supermax prisons in South Africa - September 2017

Gwen Dereymaeker gave the following presentation at a seminar organised by the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services at Durban Correctional Centre on 7 September 2017. She first addresses the history of super-maximum prisons around the world, international criticism of supermax (being prolonged solitary confinement), and the supermax regime in the US and the UK. She then examines the South African regime, in particular that of Ebongweni: admission criteria, detention regime, challenges and questions whether the detention regime such as that practiced at Ebongweni is constitutional.
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