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  • The Detention Justice Forum responds to findings of solitary confinement in SA prisons
    The Detention Justice Forum (DJF) released a statement in response to the findin ... The Detention Justice Forum (DJF) released a statement in response to the findings of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Service on solitary confinement in South African prisons.
    Jan 19, 2022
  • 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
  • Op-ed: The 81% matric pass rate of prisoners is nothing to crow about as the number of convicts writing the exam is frightful
    The number of prisoners writing matric is so frightfully small that we are left ... The number of prisoners writing matric is so frightfully small that we are left pondering how this is even possible 27 years into democracy. The fewer than 200 prisoners writing matric annually pales in comparison with the 111,000 sentenced prisoners in South Africa – less than half a percent.
    Jul 07, 2021
  • ACJR Publications
  • Annexure One: COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights | Kenya
    Report by J Mangwanda & K Petersen (2022) ... Report by J Mangwanda & K Petersen (2022)
    Jul 28, 2022
  • Annexure Two: COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights | Malawi
    Report by K Petersen and J Mangwanda (2022) ... Report by K Petersen and J Mangwanda (2022)
    Jul 28, 2022
  • Annexure Three: COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights | Mozambique
    Report by T Lorizzo and V Petrovic (2022) ... Report by T Lorizzo and V Petrovic (2022)
    Jul 28, 2022
  • Annexure Four: COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights | South Africa
    Report by K Petersen, J Mangwanda, L Muntingh and J Redpath (2022) ... Report by K Petersen, J Mangwanda, L Muntingh and J Redpath (2022)
    Jul 28, 2022
  • Annexure Five: COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights | Zambia
    Report by J Mangwanda and K Petersen (2022) ... Report by J Mangwanda and K Petersen (2022)
    Jul 28, 2022
  • Report - Overview and key findings COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights (Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa & Zambia)
    This report makes a number of overview observations dealing with broader issues ... This report makes a number of overview observations dealing with broader issues of governance, human rights, the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the criminal justice system. A central lesson to be taken from these findings is the need for continued vigilance in seeking a balancing of rights and the importance of evidence-based policy-making, especially where there is the potential that those already socio-economically vulnerable may be pushed deeper into poverty. Report by L Muntingh, J Mangwanda & K Petersen
    Jul 28, 2022
  • Events
  • [Webinar] Report Launch: COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights - findings from five African countries [28 July 2022]
    Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa & Zambia ... Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa & Zambia
    Jul 25, 2022
  • Webinar: The prosecution of corruption in municipalities with Advocate Barry Madolo (NPA) [14 June 2022]
    The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must prosecute corruption at all levels ... The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must prosecute corruption at all levels of government. While much of the focus has been on the capture of national government and national state-owned enterprises (SOE's), there has also been widespread corruption in municipalities.
    Jun 01, 2022
  • Webinar Series: Key issues in the NPA - Are we understanding the problem correctly?
    In a series of five Issue Papers, Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath take a few ste ... In a series of five Issue Papers, Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath take a few steps back and ask whether we are indeed problematising the correct issues and, if so, are we problematising the issue in a manner that will restore trust and thus legitimacy in the NPA. From this position we can also examine our current and future expectations of the NPA.
    Mar 11, 2022
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