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Ruth Hopkins

Ruth Hopkins

    Shutting Rikers would be a major step towards fixing the US’s prisons
    Shutting Rikers would be a major step towards fixing the US’s prisons
    "One day, I was walking through the receiving room and I saw an officer who was instructing two inmates at a time to put their feet on a box and...
    Filth, disease, sex and violence for Pollsmoor's female inmates
    Filth, disease, sex and violence for Pollsmoor's female inmates
    International Women’s Day on March 8 turns the spotlight on the fate of women, in particular their achievements and the slow pace of progress. An...
    How Pollsmoor prison can kill you
    How Pollsmoor prison can kill you
    A stay in the Western Cape’s Pollsmoor prison can turn into a death sentence, as was evidenced when two inmates recently died of leptospirosis, a...
    Tortured Mangaung prisoners seek justice
    Tortured Mangaung prisoners seek justice
    British security firm G4S, which runs Bloemfontein’s Mangaung prison, has denied lawyers access to a prisoner who claims to have been shot in the...
    Pollsmoor prisoners treated 'worse than animals'
    Pollsmoor prisoners treated 'worse than animals'
    It is 7am. The waiting area for family members hoping to visit their loved ones detained in the remand section of Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison...
    Mangaung prison inmate 'tortured to death'
    Mangaung prison inmate 'tortured to death'
    On a cold winter day in 2005, inmate Isaac Nelani asked wardens at Mangaung prison, run by British security firm G4S, for an extra blanket to keep...
    Fear, force and sex in Sun City
    Fear, force and sex in Sun City
    Prison warders at the Johannesburg "Sun City" jail have not received appropriate training to deal with the pervasive spread of rape and sexual...
    Westbury languishing under reign of its druglords
    Westbury languishing under reign of its druglords
    When warring Westbury gangs made peace in the 1990s, the gangster heavyweights agreed to leave their lives of violence behind. But their peace pact...
    Still no progress on Mangaung prison abuse claims
    Still no progress on Mangaung prison abuse claims
    A year ago, the Mail & Guardian published the results of a 12-month investigation by the Wits Justice Project into the Mangaung prison in...
    No escape for abused Mangaung prisoners
    No escape for abused Mangaung prisoners
    Sello Mbatyazwa has been kept in isolation for the past eight months at the Kokstad prison in KwaZulu-Natal. He is only allowed out of his cell for...
    Presumed innocent, rotting in jail
    Presumed innocent, rotting in jail
    Victor Nkomo sits hunched on a chair behind a chipped and dirty glass partition. He presses the intercom button and his lips move, but there is no...
    Privatisation of prisons has 'failed'
    Privatisation of prisons has 'failed'
    Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele told Parliament on Tuesday that the privatisation of prisons in South Africa has failed. Mangaung...