Vivien Stern



An Alternative Vision: Criminal Justice Developments in Non-Western Countries

Vivien Stern observes that some governments, although captivated by market ideology, have rejected “mega-prisons” and the policies designed to fill them, opting for programs that will reduce prison populations. In Western countries, we are seeing very disturbing trends for the observance of human rights and the health of democracy. The processes of establishing and implementing the community service schemes in African countries have much to teach us about the relationship between penal sanctions and the community, about public perceptions of sanctions and offenders, and about strategies for intervening in the penal system to bring about change.

alternative justice, alternative sentencing; criminal justice — Africa; criminal justice — Zimbabwe

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 28, No. 3 (2001): 88-104