oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Stone walls do a prison make and iron bars a cage

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



I have lived to the age of twenty three years and I had never known that here really was a world such as this, here in our own midst, with its own criminal parlance, and its own terribly different, terribly mysterious way of life (Bosman 1983:21). These words belong to South Africa's celebrated poet and teller of tales, Herman Charles Bosman, who, as a youth in his twenties, was in 1926 sentenced to death for the unpremeditated murder of his step-brother.

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