The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic in South African Correctional Centres: Challenges and Solutions

Authors

  • Patrick Bashizi Bashige Murhula Walter Sisulu University, South Africa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11576/ijcv-6541

Keywords:

COVID-19, Correctional Centre, Pandemic, South Africa, Prison

Abstract

The outbreak of COVID-19 was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 30 January 2020. Many nations, including South Africa, have seen an increase in COVID-19 outbreaks in their population, including those working in and incarcerated in correctional centres. Responding to COVID-19 in correctional centres is a major challenge, particularly due to overcrowding and limited medical resources. This paper uses secondary data to investigate the spread of COVID-19 in South African correctional centres. It focuses on the problems faced by the South African Department of Correctional Services in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in its correctional facilities. The author proposes measures to be followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in such facilities. The findings reveal that despite efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in South African correctional centres, the virus spread rapidly among inmates and prison workers.

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Published

2023-06-23

How to Cite

Murhula, P. B. B. (2023). The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic in South African Correctional Centres: Challenges and Solutions. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 17. https://doi.org/10.11576/ijcv-6541

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Focus: Covid and conflict: Local impacts and global questions