ACJR engages in high quality legal and empirical research, advocacy and empowerment which supports criminal justice reform in Africa. ACJR is a project of the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape.
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  • Newspaper Article: ‘Leap’ patrols appear to make a difference | By Jean Redpath
    Officers of Western Cape’s anticrime programme work closely with police and th ... Officers of Western Cape’s anticrime programme work closely with police and they often have joint operations
    Sep 19, 2022
  • New Report: Overview and key findings COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights (Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa & Zambia)
    By L Muntingh, J Mangwanda, K Petersen, T Lorizzo and V Petrovic ... By L Muntingh, J Mangwanda, K Petersen, T Lorizzo and V Petrovic
    Jul 28, 2022
  • ISSUE PAPERS: Key issues in the NPA - Are we understanding the problem correctly?
    In a series of five Issue Papers, Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath take a few ste ... In a series of five Issue Papers, Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath take a few steps back and ask whether we are indeed problematising the correct issues and, if so, are we problematising the issue in a manner that will restore trust and thus legitimacy in the NPA. From this position we can also examine our current and future expectations of the NPA.
    Mar 18, 2022
  • The Detention Justice Forum responds to findings of solitary confinement in SA prisons
    The Detention Justice Forum (DJF) released a statement in response to the findin ... The Detention Justice Forum (DJF) released a statement in response to the findings of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Service on solitary confinement in South African prisons.
    Jan 19, 2022
  • The Detention Justice Forum responds to findings on solitary confinement in South Africa's prisons
    The Detention Justice Forum (DJF) released a statement in response to the findin ... The Detention Justice Forum (DJF) released a statement in response to the findings of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Service on solitary confinement in South African prisons.
    Jan 19, 2022
  • ACJR Publications
  • ANALYSIS: Murder, discipline and the police | By Lukas Muntingh
    A decline in disciplinary actions does not mean that the police are more discipl ... A decline in disciplinary actions does not mean that the police are more disciplined than before
    Nov 02, 2022
  • Presentation: Summary report on civil society consultations - "The NPA that we want" | By Lukas Muntingh
    This presentation was made at a webinar on The NPA that we want, 17 October 2022 ... This presentation was made at a webinar on The NPA that we want, 17 October 2022.
    Oct 18, 2022
  • Summary report on consultations with civil society stakeholders: “The NPA that we want”
    Much of the media attention given to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is ... Much of the media attention given to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is centered on high-level corruption investigations, especially linked to the Zondo Commission’s findings and recommendations. While this is important, it should also be asked what happens at ground-level in our courts where ordinary cases are heard on a daily basis. The question can indeed be asked: What are our expectations of the NPA when having to engage with the criminal justice system as a victim, witness or even an accused? Do we know what we want from the NPA in real and practical terms? In June and July 2022 ACJR commissioned a series of consultation workshops with stakeholders to discuss these questions and develop descriptions of “the NPA that we want”. The consultations yielded valuable observations and insights, demonstrating on the one hand that people generally have a deep understanding of the challenges facing the NPA and, on the other hand, clear understandings of what they expect of the NPA, especially as these relate to the four core values of professionalism, independence, accountability, and credibility.
    Oct 17, 2022
  • Presentation: COVID-19 restrictions & the impact on criminal justice & human rights, Zambia | By Kristen Petersen
    Oct 12, 2022
  • Presentation: COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights, Zambia | By Janelle Mangwanda
    Oct 12, 2022
  • Presentation: COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights, Kenya | By Janelle Mangwanda
    Oct 04, 2022
  • Events
  • Webinar: The NPA that we want, 17 October 2022
    Under the current National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) four core valu ... Under the current National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) four core values were articulated, being professionalism, independence, accountability and credibility. What do any of these values look like in practice and how will we know when we see it?
    Oct 10, 2022
  • Webinar: COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights, Zambia (12 October 2022)
    ACJR, Ubuntu Justice Initiative, and the Zambian Law Development Commission (ZLD ... ACJR, Ubuntu Justice Initiative, and the Zambian Law Development Commission (ZLDC) hereby cordially invite you to a webinar to discuss the findings emanating from the stakeholder engagement in Zambia and to deliberate on recommendations for handling similar future public health crises.
    Oct 06, 2022
  • Webinar: COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on criminal justice and human rights, Kenya [4 October 2022]
    ACJR and LRF hereby cordially invites you to a webinar to discuss the findings e ... ACJR and LRF hereby cordially invites you to a webinar to discuss the findings emanating from the stakeholder engagement in Kenya and to deliberate on recommendations for handling similar future public health crisis.
    Sep 29, 2022
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