ACJR engages in high quality legal and empirical research, advocacy and empowerment which supports criminal justice reform in Africa. ACJR is a project of the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape.
Latest News
  • Op-ed: Inadequate and violent policing in KwaZulu-Natal: What's behind it?
    KwaZulu-Natal has long suffered from inadequate, corrupt and violent policing. R ... KwaZulu-Natal has long suffered from inadequate, corrupt and violent policing. Recent events have simply made it more obvious. The problem of policing in the province dates from before the transition to democracy. Policing is a national function - in South Africa is in crisis and in KwaZulu-Natal the crisis is magnified, writes Jean Redpath.
    Jul 26, 2021
  • Op-ed: COVID-19: Prisons, overcrowding and preventing transmission
    Jul 07, 2021
  • Op-ed: Law enforcement and DUI — how to curb South Africa’s road crash epidemic
    The severity of the punishment, if caught, is not a deterrent to committing crim ... The severity of the punishment, if caught, is not a deterrent to committing crime. If consumers of alcohol can be fairly certain that if they get behind the steering wheel of a vehicle that they will be stopped and tested, they will be less likely to do so and make alternative arrangements or postpone their travel.
    Jul 07, 2021
  • ACJR Publications
  • Op-ed: Time to make a decisive move on the institutional and financial independence of the National Prosecuting Authority | By L Muntingh
    The NPA’s reputation has suffered much damage in the past 10 years. There is a ... The NPA’s reputation has suffered much damage in the past 10 years. There is ample evidence that there exists more than the possibility of interference in its independence and operation, and that this has had adverse consequences for its perceived independence.
    Oct 14, 2021
  • PRESENTATION: Overview - Criminal justice, human rights and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures taken in five African countries | Prof L Muntingh
    Criminal justice, human rights, and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures t ... Criminal justice, human rights, and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures taken in five African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia (SOE & SOD) 13 October 2021
    Oct 13, 2021
  • PRESENTATION: The impact on and performance of oversight and monitoring mechanisms | Prof L Muntingh
    Criminal justice, human rights, and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures t ... Criminal justice, human rights, and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures taken in five African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia (SOE & SOD) 13 October 2021
    Oct 13, 2021
  • PRESENTATION: Legal Frameworks applicable during COVID-19 | J Mangwanda
    Criminal justice, human rights, and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures t ... Criminal justice, human rights, and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures taken in five African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia (SOE & SOD) 13 October 2021
    Oct 13, 2021
  • PRESENTATION: Court challenges to the lockdown and/or curfews, norms and standards | K Petersen
    Criminal justice, human rights, and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures t ... Criminal justice, human rights, and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures taken in five African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia (SOE & SOD) 13 October 2021
    Oct 13, 2021
  • PRESENTATION: Impact on civil and political rights, including fair trial rights | Dr J Redpath
    Criminal justice, human rights, and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures t ... Criminal justice, human rights, and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures taken in five African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia (SOE & SOD) 13 October 2021
    Oct 13, 2021
  • Events
  • Webinar on Local Government and Crime in light of the 2021 Local Government Elections [27 October 2021]
    The Multilevel Government, Law and Development and Africa Criminal Justice Refor ... The Multilevel Government, Law and Development and Africa Criminal Justice Reform in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation invites you to a webinar on Local Government and Crime in light of the 2021 Local Government Elections.
    Oct 12, 2021
  • Criminal justice, human rights and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures taken in five African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia
    Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) has produced a compendium of reports on th ... Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) has produced a compendium of reports on the COVID-19 measures taken in five African countries, namely; Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia. Please join ACJR for a 90-minute webinar to release the main findings.
    Oct 08, 2021
  • Prosecution Priorities: Selecting for success or prosecuting for impact?
    This webinar is based on a paper which seeks to understand why that might be the ... This webinar is based on a paper which seeks to understand why that might be the case and proposes a process and a logic for developing prosecution priorities which may change this result and improve the impact of prosecutions.
    Sep 15, 2021
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    ACJR on Twitter
    ACJReform : [INVITATION] Join us on 27 Oct 21, 10AM (SAST) for the 𝐖𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐧 𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐆𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐋… https://t.co/O9BSogZ7H7
    Oct 12, 2021 11:58 AM
    ACJReform : [Join us] 13 Oct 2021, 10AM (SAST) for the 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞, 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗 - 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐞𝐚… https://t.co/kQDoLPBJcz
    Oct 11, 2021 09:27 AM
    ACJReform : [INVITATION] Join us on 22 September 2021, 10h00 AM (SAST) for the 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬: 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐫… https://t.co/6d107SMyA0
    Sep 15, 2021 03:38 PM
    ACJReform : [WEBINAR]: Join us on 3 Sept 2021 at 11am (SAST) for the 𝐃𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞… https://t.co/t55Uux3LYS
    Aug 31, 2021 12:04 PM
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