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Title:Overcrowding in South African prisons: the reality in the 21st century
Author:Singh, Shanta
Year:2006
Periodical:New contree: a journal of historical and human sciences for Southern Africa
Issue:51
Pages:173-201
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:prisons
imprisonment
Abstract:Prisons in South Africa are grossly overcrowded. This has a negative impact on humane detention and service delivery to prisoners. Given the crisis created by overcrowding, the question arises as to whether correctional institutions can still operate their mission statement under these conditions, or whether alternatives to imprisonment should be explored in earnest. The article looks at overcrowding in South African prisons and its implications, public opinion regarding imprisonment, imprisonment as a form of punishment, its advantages, disadvantages, consequences and effect on family life, and measures to control prison overpopulation. Notes, ref., sum. in Afrikaans. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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