This paper aims to address the question of whether sentences of imprisonment are being used only in the last resort, and then only in cases where no other suitable remedy exists , and it tries to do so by looking at who are the children who are sentenced to imprisonment. This paper is based on a study conducted by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation looking at the trends in imprisonment of sentenced children over the past few years and conducting interviews with 61 young prisoners in five prisons in Gauteng. The study provides a profile of the offenders sentenced to terms of imprisonment, and of the crimes for which they were convicted.
Children Serving Gaol Sentences
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.