Human Rights in African Prisons

Human Rights in African Prisons

By: Jeremy Sarkin (editor)Paperback

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Prisons have always been a key focus of those interested in human rights and the rule of law. This book looks at the challenges African governments face in dealing with these issues.Written by some of the most eminent researchers from and on Africa, including the former Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, it provides a detailed consideration of the situation in African prisons and examines how regional and international legal instruments have dealt with human rights concerns such as overcrowding, healthcare, pretrial detention and the treatment of women and children.Critically, the book reveals that there are processes and reforms underway across nations in Africa, and makes recommendations for strengthening and building on them.

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1. INTRODUCTION; Jeremy Sarkin; Introduction; The importance of prison research; Why this book?; Rising global prisoner numbers; Are states with high prisoner populations more punitive?; The historical context; Conditions and overcrowding; Resources and prison governance; Awaiting trial detention; Women; Children; Rehabilitation; Alternative sentencing; The role of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights; The Special Rappporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention in Africa.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/03/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780796922069
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780796922069
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 0796922063

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