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May 12th, 2011
11:01 PM ET

South Africa's Youngest Inmates

They're the youngest inmates in South Africa's prison system.  But it wasn't any crime of theirs that landed them behind bars.  Instead, it was the misdeeds of their mothers.  A controversial policy allows pregnant inmates in Johannesburg to keep their children with them as they serve out several years of their sentences.  Robyn Curnow covered the story for Inside Africa and filed this BackStory.


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  1. Oluwafemi Oladotun

    Please let the south African government take pity on these children. Don't let these children grow to become nuisance to the community. Take up the responsibility. And never allow them become vagabonds in the nearest future. Their future is bright. Dotun Nigeria.

    May 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. April Olu

    I saw a similar thing at the Kumasi Female Prison in Ghana, that was really terrible because the prison condition was very poor compared to the South African prison conditions, it was not a suitable living condition for an adult and I was moved to tears to see little children around, I was really surprised to see a woman who was heavily pregnant in prison as well. This is a major problem and law makers from around the world need to make laws that exempt pregnant women and women with toddlers from immediate jail sentence.

    May 13, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
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  3. james t david

    The SA gorvement should have pity on them is there parent that commeter the crime not them.why should be punish for whot they done know about.remmeber children that born in jail they loses..take a look at late tupac shakur.

    May 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. christopher

    the s.a government,should look into reverting laws that keep infants in prisons.A child dat grows up in such envjron is bound to self destruction.They should seriously look into such laws and do something about it.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
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