This policy brief provides some context around the rights of children accused of committing crimes in South Africa. The brief advocates for substantial reallocation of resources within the Justice and Welfare departments to assessment services, the preliminary enquiry process and the provision of diversion and alternative sentencing options.
Amanda Dissel is an independent consultant in criminal justice and violence prevention issues. This research was conducted while she was Criminal Justice Programme Manager at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). She has published on issues of human rights, conditions and treatment of detainees in prisons and police stations, juvenile and child justice, and violent crime.