skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 128501 Find in a Library
Title: Periodical Imprisonment Within a Penological Perspective
Journal: Southern African Journal of Criminology  Volume:3  Issue:1  Dated:(1990)  Pages:5-10
Author(s): M B Avery; C H Cilliers
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: Afrikaans; English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: South African prisons are overpopulated by 32 percent and imprisonment can lead to negative consequences including contamination, disruption of family life, loss of employment, stigmatization, and reintegration problems; factors which can lead to advocacy of periodical imprisonment as an alternative to short-term imprisonment.
Abstract: Several South African statutes provide for periodical imprisonment: the Criminal Law Amendment Act, No. 16 of 1959; the Criminal Procedure Act, No. 51 of 1977; the Criminal Procedure Amendment Act, No. 33 of 1986; and the Prisons Act, No. 8 of 1959. Periodical imprisonment is served in installments, may not be imposed for offenses requiring a minimum sentence, may be imposed only in lieu of other punishment, and may be suspended. In addition to overcoming the disadvantages of continuous imprisonment, this alternative punishes the offender, serves as an individual and societal deterrent, and achieves rehabilitation through individualized sentencing. Disagreement with the fundamental concept of periodical imprisonment as well as administrative difficulties have resulted in the underutilization of this type of sentence. Provision of the necessary infrastructure and passage of enabling legislation can overcome many of these obstacles. 53 references
Main Term(s): Sentencing trends; Weekend sentences
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Foreign sentencing; Intermittent sentences; South Africa
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.