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Thousand plus new Correctional Services officials appointed

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South Africa’s prison population, said to number over 157 000, will have an extra 1 003 “correctional officials” to ensure effective prisoner management. On 10...

Nigeria has too many prison inmates awaiting trial – technology could...

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Nigeria’s prison population is more than 76 000, housed in 240 correctional centres. About 70% of these inmates are still awaiting trial. They have...

Kenyan police say three ‘dangerous’ inmates flee maximum security prison

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A Kenyan serving a 41-year sentence for involvement in one of the country's worst militant attacks escaped from a maximum security prison on Monday,...

Attackers blow up Nigerian prison fence, free 266 inmates

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Heavily armed gunmen raided a jail in south-central Nigeria late on Sunday, blowing up the perimeter fence and freeing 266 inmates - almost everyone...

Gunmen free more than 1 800 inmates in attack on Nigerian...

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More than 1 800 prisoners are on the run in southeast Nigeria after escaping when heavily armed gunmen attacked their prison using explosives and...

South African police nab 63 prisoners from mass escape

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A South African police and security dragnet recaptured 63 out of 69 prisoners who escaped on Friday after overpowering guards during exercise at Malmesbury...

Riots at Sierra Leone prison in wake of coronavirus confirmation

Smoke billowed from the central prison in Sierra Leone’s capital and gunfire was heard after a riot following confirmation of a coronavirus case. Inmates at...

Moroccan prison is coronavirus hotspot

Sixty-eight people, mostly staff, have come down with coronavirus at a prison in southern Moroccan city Ouarzazate, prison authorities said, without reporting any deaths. Earlier...

Bashir in Kobar prison

Deposed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was moved to Khartoum’s grim high-security Kobar prison from the presidential residence, family sources said, as military rulers announced...

Cameroon separatists free prisoners

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Separatist militants raided a prison in north-western Cameroon and freed about 100 inmates, government and the separatists said, as rebels vowed to...

Prisoners escape during Tripoli fighting

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Some 400 prisoners escaped from a jail in Libya's capital while fighting between rival armed groups raged nearby, a judiciary official said...

In U.S. prisons, tablets open window to the outside world

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Marvin Worthy, confined to a New Jersey state prison since 2004, cannot watch his son play basketball or visit him in college....

Senior Ethiopian prison officials dismissed

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Ethiopia fired five senior prison officials, hours before the release of a Human Rights Watch report detailing torture and other abuses in...

UK to build prison wing in Lagos

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Britain will build a new wing at Kirikiri Prison in Lagos so it can transfer Nigerian prisoners there, the government in London...

Another DR Congo prison break

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At least one person was killed and about 20 inmates escaped in a prison break in Bukavu in the east of Democratic...

Eleven dead, hundreds escape in DR Congo jail attack

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At least 11 people were killed and 930 prisoners escaped when unidentified assailants stormed a jail in Democratic Republic of Congo's north-eastern...

Zambian opposition leader moved to max security prison ahead of trial

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Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, facing treason charges for impeding a presidential motorcade, has been moved from a Lusaka prison to a...

Second DR Congo prison break

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More than 70 inmates broke out of a prison in south-western Democratic Republic of Congo a local activist and a national deputy...

Fugitives recaptured in DR Congo

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Congolese authorities said they recaptured 179 fugitives who broke out of the capital's main prison, in a mass escape underscoring growing security...

Christian sect members attack DR Congo prison

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Supporters of a jailed Christian sect leader attacked the prison holding him in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, freeing him and about...

Stones hurled in rare Rwandan prison riot

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Inmates protesting living conditions at Gasabo prison in the Rwandan capital of Kigali hurled stones over prison walls, damaging houses and disrupting...

Senegal police arrest former Gambian prison boss

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Senegalese police arrested General Bora Colley, the man who ran Gambia's prisons, where human rights groups say perceived opponents were tortured and...

Niger security forces repel attack on prison holding militants

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Gunmen attacked a high security prison in Niger on Monday in an apparent bid to free Islamist militants but the assault was...

Gaddafi’s son still in prison military source maintains

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Saif al-Islam, a son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, remains in the prison in western Libya where he has been...

Prison escape foiled

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The South African Department of Correctional Services has foiled an escape plan by inmates that included Radovan Krecjir at Zonderwater Correctional Centre,...

Egyptian court sentences Mursi to 20 years in prison

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An Egyptian court sentenced ousted President Mohamed Mursi to 20 years in prison without parole on Tuesday for the killing of protesters...

Zimbabwean police shot prisoners, death toll at 5

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Five Zimbabwean inmates died after being shot by police in last week's prison protest over food shortages, which turned violent as some...

South African prisoner tagging begins

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The pilot project for electronic monitoring of parolees and probationers from South African prisons has been implemented this month. The project seeks to...

DA calls for enquiry into contract between BOSASA and the DCS

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the reported further extension of the award of a tainted catering contract to the politically-connected BOSASA company...

Selebi trying to avoid cell-by date

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Lawyers for former national police commissioner Jacob "Jackie" Selebi, who collapsed on Friday after an appeal against his 15-year jail sentence for...

Prison waste cuts costs in Rwanda

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A prisoner ignites a faint blue flame under one of 10 massive stoves in a prison kitchen in eastern Rwanda to start...

Police tackle low conviction rates

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Efforts are being made to ensure that once arrested, criminals are convicted of their crimes and kept away from society. This is according...

Schooling prisoners a challenge for dept

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Despite President Jacob Zuma indicating that schooling should be obligatory, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) says it remains a legal challenge...

Address by Comrade Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister of Correctional Services Message...

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Comrade Chairperson President and members of the NEC of POPCRU Representatives of the Tripartite Alliance and Guests from Fraternal Organisations Leadership of Congress of South...

Overcrowded SA prisons eye ‘tag and release’ programme – again

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The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is considering electronically tagging some inmates to reduce the prison population, the department's national commissioner says....

New prisons commissioner takes office

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The newly appointed National Commissioner of Correctional Services, Tom Moyane, has vowed to speed up change within the department in an effort...

Prisons get new boss

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The CE of the Government Printing Works, Tom Moyane, is due to take over as the new national commissioner of the troubled...

Cele blames high crime rate on bail, parole

National police commissioner Bheki Cele has sharply criticised other elements of the criminal justice system — notably those granting bail and parole...

DA commends prisons dept on e-tagging

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed the viability studies being conducted by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) into satellite tracking devices...

Prototype prison cost up a third

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Members of Parliament have been dismayed to learn that the cost of South Africa's first "new generation" prison, set to officially open...

SA to train South Sudan prison guards, judges, lawyers

South Africa and the governments of Germany and Southern Sudan have entered into a trilateral partnership to train correctional services officers, judges...

Over 1000 SA citizens in foreign jails

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There are now 1062 South Africans – 702 men and 360 women – in jail in 59 foreign countries. The Department of International...

Factfile: Public Service, SANDF, Police and Prisons rank and salary levels...

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Below follows a table of Public Service, SA National Defence Force, SA police Service and Correctional Service ranks.  The table shows how these relate...