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Civilian oversight and South African prisons: An examination of the Independent Visitor system

Jacqui Gallinetti explores the efficacy of the system of Independent Prison Visitors (lPVs) set up by the Office of the Inspecting judge. Drawn from surrounding communities, the IPVs are required to facilitate the resolution of prisoners' complaints.

The author notes that, whilst certain areas of concern emerged such as the perception that the IPVs were not sufficiently independent of departmental staff and that prisoners reported dissatisfaction with the outcomes of their complaints, overall the scheme has succeeded in providing civilian oversight in prisons.

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