oa Article 40 - The situation of children in prison after the implementation of the Child Justice Act : has anything changed?

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



The Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 (the Act), which, in April 2011, has been in operation for a year, introduced a markedly different sentencing and detention regime for children than the previous system regulated by the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977. The most recent statistics from the Department of Correctional Services indicate a significant reduction in the number of children being detained prior to trial and sentenced to imprisonment - a reflection, one assumes, of the Act's preference for the use of detention of children as "the least restrictive option possible."

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