Submission to the Department of Justice and Correctional Services regarding the Criminal Matters Amendment Draft Bill, 2020

The Detention Justice Forum (‘DJF’) is a civil society coalition of non-governmental organisations and individuals working to ensure that the rights and well-being of those who are detained are respected and upheld, as enshrined under the South African Constitution, laws, and regional and international human rights norms and standards. Our membership includes community organisations, lawyers, social workers, formerly incarcerated persons, and academics with varied foci and degrees of engagement in the detention and human-rights sectors – spanning direct service provision and (former and current) detainee support and empowerment, advocacy and policy development.