Criminal justice policy and remand detention since 1994

  • Jean Redpath University of the Western Cape
Keywords: Criminal justice policy, remand detention, prison, South Africa, post-apartheid


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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Jean Redpath, University of the Western Cape
Community Law Centre
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