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Title:Penal practice in Africa: some restrictions ont he possibility of reform
Author:Tanner, R.E.S.ISNI
Year:1972
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:10
Issue:3
Pages:447-458
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subject:judgments
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160130
Abstract:The trends towards the more humane treatment of prisoners which have as their principal objective the reform of criminals are determined by the societies that have evolved them; they are not therefore characterised by African aims and they do not express themselves in African forms. So the possibilities of purely African innovation are limited. The restrictions on the possibility of reform in penal practice in Africa are discussed in the sections: The criminal environment - Public opinion, politics, and penal reform - The extensive use of imprisonment - The demography of criminality - Budgetary restrictions on reform - The acceptance of penal alternatives - The limitation of existing reforms - The future. Notes.
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