Organisations that deal with corrections

This page is dedicated to organisations (academic departments, research institutes, NGOs, etc.) that deal with prisons issues. If you are part of such an organisation or aware of one, please feel free to send us an email at admin@insideoutoutsidein.co.za and we will add it to the list.

  • Africa Criminal Justice Reform (previously known as the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative) – https://acjr.org.za/: established in 2003, is a research and advocacy project focussing on prisons and places of confinement in the African region, with the aim of furthering human rights in these settings.
  • The MAD Generation – themadgeneration@gmail.com – The organization was founded by Boksburg inmates in 2011. The organization was noticed by the prison officials due to the positive mentality and the passion of empowering and developing their fellow inmates and the community. They formed the first structure of the organization later the same year with the intention to create the platform of raising awareness about the social challenges in general (CRIME, DRUGS ABUSE, HIV/AIDS, WOMAN AND CHILDREN ABUSE).  The organization was given a platform to organize their events inside Boksburg Correctional Center, which opens doors for the inmates to participate in the fight against some of the social challenges faced by the community. In 2012, a founder member and President (Mr. M Ngwenya) of the organization was released.He however didn’t stop there: He formed an outside structure of the organization to carry on with a mandate of the organization.
  • Luthingo – Luthingo is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 2011 by a group of ex-offenders. The aim of the organisation is to assist ex-offenders who have been released from prison, to reintegrate them into their communities so that they may continue life as law abiding citizens who contribute to society in a positive way.
  • Wits Justice Project – http://witsjusticeproject.com/: The Wits Justice Project, started in 2008, will investigate the plight of those locked up in South Africa’s prisons. They are part of the Journalism Department of the University of Witwatersrand and aim to have significant impact on the lives of people through changes in the criminal justice system
  • Prison Fellowship South Africa – http://www.prisonfellowship.co.za/: Prison Fellowship South Africa (PFSA) is a faith-based interdenominational prison ministry that has been operating in the country’s prisons since 1994. PFSA is registered as a Section 21 company and has a Board of Directors that is representative of all racial and gender groups of South Africa, and consists of people with diverse backgrounds and skills to meet the needs and challenges in prison and the community. Several prison ministries and many volunteers are affiliated to PFSA.
  • Readucatehttp://www.readucate.org/pages/prison_programme.htm: Since 1996 the Readucate Trust has operated in prisons. Krugersdorp Prison in Gauteng Province was the first to invite Readucate to train some of their officers and literate prisoners to become Readucate Instructors. The Readucate Instructors became rehabilitated and in turn rehabilitated the illiterate inmates they were teaching.
  • The Art of Living – http://www.artofliving.org/za-en/prison-program-south-africa: The Prison SMART program has been taught in South Africa since 2002. It has been very successful over the years covering seven prisons nationally. Two new prisons were opened in 2008, and to date over 7000 inmates have benefited. Prison SMART has also received great print media coverage over the years which have built up its credibility. The team has also been instrumental in building up Prison SMART in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya through recommendations from the nine prisons in South Africa. (See Youtube video under “Multimedia” tab)
  • Orange Babies http://www.orangebabies.org/
  • Project Alteritas – studies the ways and terms concerning the interaction between human groups in history and space. The research aims at identifying and sizing the parameters of interaction as agents of a possible integration. The study of the perception and prejudice related to the encounter with otherness are fundamental themes of the research. In addition, it acts as a rigorous scientifically tool  and, at the same time, can be easily accessible and available to any further discussion. http://www.progettoalteritas.org/about_us/progetti_in_corso/00024532_Interactions_in_prison.html Within this framework Alteritas has upheld the proposal, put forth by Biondani Ravetta Foundation and the detainees Guarantor in the Montorio Penitentiary of Verona, of tackling the interaction between people within prison starting right from the observation that prison in a modern and globalized society houses an increasing number of detainees coming from various geographical areas, languages, religions, customs and traditions. Consequently, it represents a privileged observatory for the hereby study.The topics of investigation regard the detainees’ geographical origin, spoken language, religion, traditions and customs of everyday life (culture of eating, drinking, dressing) within prison and outward, interpersonal relations (in and out of prison: weddings, children, prison staff and non-tolerance  of towards the Other). By surveying these parameters through the conduction of focus group (conversation groups of 8 people each) it aims at checking on some cultural aspects and how they correlate with the birth of prejudice and its eventual partial or total fading out when leaving the prison. By adopting the qualitative research (interviews with groups in prison) it will then check out which of the prejudices are the trademarks of the community life in prison so that any kind of their persistence, reduction, modification in living the life outside prison can be traced and evidenced.
  • Collaboration with Beyond Books Behind Bars – As part of its interdisciplinary approach and the resulting mapping project, Inside-out Outside-in has partnered with the Community Engagement project BBBB from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) School of Computing (SOC). The aim of the project is to distribute learning and reading material to communities inside correctional centres and so far, our engagement with BBBB has resulted in Inside-out Outside-in donating 150+ books to the Project. The distribution of this learning material helps improve literacy and numeracy levels of offenders as part of their rehabilitation; and in turn assists in creating an awareness of the value and the role of reading to gain knowledge and to improve students’ study and learning skills.

Contact DetailsProject leader: Prof Alfred Coleman                                               e-mail colema@unisa.ac.za

Project communication officer: Ms Tlou Masenya                                                 e-mail emasentm@unisa.ac.za