Ruth Hopkins

Prison company stalls court actions

G4S has belatedly sought to prevent the release of medical records of inmates who say they were tortured

‘Forced injections made us act like zombies’

Prison inmates say they were injected with an unidentified substance

Free State ANC tramples on justice

Several cases involving party members point to the political silencing of their often poor opponents

Law fails women who kill partners in self-defence

Those who find their lives threatened in violent, abusive relationships have little recourse to justice

Government action on femicide goes wrong from the bottom up

Pairing the sky-high femicide figures with SA’s ignoble reputation as the rape capital of the world raises the question about government’s response.

Police time and money go to pot

Arrests are costly and pointless, but decriminalising dagga will free up resources to tackle serious crime.

Shutting Rikers would be a major step towards fixing the US’s prisons

New York City’s jail has a long history of being a hotbed of inequality and abuse, which still lingers.

Filth, disease, sex and violence for Pollsmoor’s female inmates

Ruth Hopkins interviewed five women who are or were jailed in Pollsmoor Prison. They spoke of being traumatised by the appalling conditions.

How Pollsmoor prison can kill you

The prison may have to clean up its act if an interdict launched by civil society that challenges the life-threatening conditions succeeds.

Tortured Mangaung prisoners seek justice

Lawyers for inmates held at the notorious Mangaung prison are suing the state - as well as the British firm that runs the prison - for abuses.

Pollsmoor prisoners treated ‘worse than animals’

Lice, grime, broken toilets and six-hour waits for visitors: life is tough in Cape Town's Pollsmoor prison.

Mangaung prison inmate ‘tortured to death’

Chilling new claims of inmate abuse at the embattled Mangaung prison in the Free State have emerged.

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