Prison for Profit


The Mangaung Prison opened in 2001 as South Africa’s first privately run penitentiary. Leaked surveillance videos and testimonies from guards and former prisoners reveal stories of excessive violence, neglect and unimaginable forms of torture. Guards are underpaid, overworked and fear every day for their lives. Prisoners are a source of income, so rehabilitation isn’t a priority. Prison for Profit shows how this profit maximization system works, and what happens when governmental tasks like detention are outsourced to powerful international corporations.


Ilse van Velzen
Femke van Velzen
83 min

(English, subtitles in English)