- Title: The Prison Speaks – Men’s Voices / South African Jails
- Author: Heather Parker Lewis
- Publisher: Ihilihili Press
- Country of Origin: South Africa
- Publication Year: 2017 (Revised Edition)
- ISBN: 9781920103200
- Bib. Info: Paperback; 160pp
In this revised 2017 edition of The Prison Speaks the author grapples with the fact that, 15 years after the publication of the first edition of the book in 2003, the problems in the South African prison system remain unaddressed. Issues revisited in this edition include: a brief history of prisons in South Africa; statistics on crime and punishment; overcrowding; the profile of a South African prisoner; male rape; human rights; the Number Gangs; and an outline of a group work programme that combined the factual with the experimental in a face-to-face situation with inmates. The Prison Speaks has been written for the general public, but will also be of particular interest to students of the humanities, those involved in voluntary work in prison, social workers, probation officers and anyone connected with the justice system. Heather Parker Lewis graduated in 1968 with a B.A. B.Soc Sc. Degree from the University of Cape Town. Her social issue books Gods Gangsters? – the Number Gangs in South African Prisons and Also Gods Children?… encounters with street kids have received international recognition.