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Title:Court Sentencing in Botswana: A Role for Probation?
Author:Love, Christine
Year:1992
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Volume:7
Issue:2
Pages:5-17
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:offences
judgments
Law, Human Rights and Violence
law
courts
prisoners
Penal sanctions
Abstract:Concern has been expressed in Botswana about the increasing numbers of adult offenders sent to prison. Yet few alternatives to custody exist. Research was conducted between July and November 1990 to establish whether sentencers in the principal Magistrates' Court in Gaborone and the High Court in Lobatse, and others involved in the administration of justice, perceived a need for a widening of the range of sentences for adults. Specifically, it sought to establish whether a particular noncustodial alternative, the use of probation orders, was viewed as a suitable alternative sentence in the Botswana context. There was found to be support, in principle, for these measures. App., bibliogr., sum.
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