n SA Crime Quarterly - Unsustainable and unjust - criminal justice policy and remand detention since 1994
|Article Title||Unsustainable and unjust - criminal justice policy and remand detention since 1994|
|© Publisher:||Institute for Security Studies (ISS)|
|Journal||SA Crime Quarterly|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Western Cape|
|Publication Date||Jun 2014|
|Pages||25 - 37|
The 'tough on crime' approach embodied in bail and sentencing law has had a profound impact on the trends around remand detention, including prison overcrowding of such an extent that it is estimated to have contributed to an additional 8 500 natural deaths in custody. Ultimately the policies have led, in practice, to an 'Alice in Wonderland' effect: fewer people are being tried and sentenced, while more than ever are denied their freedom without ever being tried in a court of law.
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