Young men’s reports of fear and violence in a South African prison

Violence, described as endemic to South African Correctional Centres is generally under-reported and a severe hindrance to the Department of Correctional Services’ current and ambitious vision to reduce re-offending through rehabilitating offenders. This brief outlines the young men’s reports of fear and violence including sexual violence in the Boksburg Youth Correctional Centre (BYC). The authors investigate offender’s experiences related to violence, sex and sexual violence in prison. The authors details staff provision of protectative information, perceptions of fear and safety and gang members and assault. The brief goes on to examine understandings of the official status of sex and rape in prison and perceptions of staff behaviour in relation to assault.

Author: Sasha Gear

Institutional Sponsor: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

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