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NCJ Number: 154488 Find in a Library
Title: Justice for the Children: No Child Should be Caged
Author(s): M Morris
Corporate Author: NICRO South African National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
South Africa

Lawyers for Human Rights
South Africa

University of the Western Cape
Community Law Centre
South Africa
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 91
Sponsoring Agency: Lawyers for Human Rights
Pietermaritzburg, 3200, South Africa
NICRO South African National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
Capetown, South Africa 8001
University of the Western Cape
Bellville 7535, South Africa
Sale Source: NICRO South African National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
403/412 Benzal House 3Barrack St
South Africa
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: This report documents the plight of children in South Africa in the early 1990's, many of whom were being arrested in the wake of socioeconomic problems that were caused by apartheid and were not being diminished despite South Africa's move toward democracy.
Abstract: Even though poverty, unemployment, and inadequate education contributed to the large number of children in custody in that country, this report claims that the welfare, police, and justice systems charged with acting as temporary guardians of children in custody violated their duty to care for these children not only under South African law, but were in blatant contravention of international and African human rights standards. This report discusses the current legal status of children under child care legislation and laws regarding juvenile and children's courts, and presents statistical data on children awaiting trial or placement in prisons and police cells. The report demands that children being held under these intolerable conditions be moved to more suitable places immediately. 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile detention reform; South Africa; Victims of Crime
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