HIV/Aids and the Prison System

  • Lukas Muntingh
  • Chris Tapscott


In this chapter a review is undertaken of how the prison system has experienced the effect of HIV and AIDS. In many regards, the negative consequences of HIV and AIDS were the results of a poor and at times belligerent response from government to the epidemic. While human rights activists drew attention to the plight of prisoners resulting in significant advances, the impact of the epidemic on the staff of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) have been largely ignored. The two are inextricably linked in the daily operations of a prison. The chapter deals first with prisoners and HIV and AIDS and focuses on risk, safety and responses by the DCS. Particular attention is given to sexual violence in prisons. The second part of the chapter deals with the effect of HIV and AIDS on officials of DCS, the problems in this regard and makes recommendations regarding remedial steps.


Sexual Violence Prison Population Gang Member Prison System Gang Membership 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lukas Muntingh
    • 1
  • Chris Tapscott
    • 2
  1. 1.Stellenbosch UniversityWestern CapeSouth Africa
  2. 2.Management Sciences at the UniversityWestern CapeSouth Africa

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