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A Compendium of Comparative Prison Legislation

van Zyl Smit, Dirk
June 4, 2015

Source: (2008) Penal Reform International.

The objective of this Compendium is to provide legislative draftsmen, legislators,
line ministries, prison administrations and those concerned with prison and penal
reform with examples from around the world of drafting that is ‘positive, realistic and contemporary’. The realities facing many low-income countries and the conditions that exist in prisons place a heightened importance on drafting laws that are practicably enforceable. Recognition therefore needs to be given to the socioeconomic context whilst at the same time ensuring legislation conforms to
international minimum standards. (excerpt)


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