‘Horrors’ at privately run prison laid bare

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‘Horrors’ at privately run prison laid bare

Now a legal centre is asking whether jails should be privately run at all

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Should private companies be allowed to run SA’s prisons? It’s the first question the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) is asking after the release of a report that alleges horrific conditions for inmates at the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein.

Following a six-year legal battle, the department of correctional services released the report to CALS on Friday, detailing a 10-month investigation exposing incidents in which inmates were allegedly subjected to torturous conditions. These are said to have happened while the prison was under the control of private security companies G4S and Bloemfontein Correctional Contracts (BCC) in 2013.

Both companies have denied the allegations. In 1998, G4S SA became a minority shareholder in BCC, the concessionaire company responsible for the management of the Mangaung Correctional Centre...

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