n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The functioning of the criminologist in the South African criminal justice system

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This paper explores the various functions that the criminologist can fulfil within the criminal justice system. Presently criminologists are not employed as professionals within the South African criminal justice system. Inputs are made on a voluntary basis or when functionaries call on the expertise of the criminologist. A call is made to professionalise criminology in order to assure academic excellence, to promote research and to deliver a high standard of service to the community. The inclusion of criminologists in the criminal justice system is regarded as the ideal situation.

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