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Well worth the wait? The Sexual Offences Bill in 2006
(Institute for Security Studies (ISS), 2006)
The Sexual Offences Bill finally seems to be winding its way to conclusion in parliament. It has taken three years to reach this point since its first introduction in 2003, raising serious questions about the government's ...
The numbering of days: Sentencing and prison population growth
(Institute for Security Studies (ISS), 2007)
On 30 May 2007 the Criminal Law Amendment Bill (15 of 2007) was tabled in Parliament, proposing amendments to what has become known as the 'minimum sentences' legislation. The proposed amendments herald another chapter in ...
Unsustainable and unjust: Criminal justice policy and remand detention since 1994
(Institute for Security Studies (ISS), 2014)
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 ...
Assessing the impact: Mandatory and minimum sentences in South Africa
(Institute for Security Studies (ISS), 2005)
The legislation passed in 1997 that provides for mandatory minimum sentences for serious crimes was recently extended for another two years. At the time, the aim was to reduce serious and violent crime, achieve consistency ...