THE NUMBERING OF DAYS: Sentencing and prison population growth

  • Chris Giffard
  • Lukas Muntingh University of the Western Cape
Keywords: Criminal Law Amendment Bill, South Africa, sentencing, offender, legislation, prison, overcrowding


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 the prison overcrowding debate in South Africa and will focus attention on the impact of sentencing on the size of the prison population.

Author Biography

Lukas Muntingh, University of the Western Cape
Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative (CSPRI), Community Law Centre
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