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Juveniles and Prison

A major change in custodial sentencing is the prohibition that no juvenile should be sentenced to imprisonment by a juvenile court or court of summary jurisdiction. The old law fixed the minimum age at which a child could be sent to prison as 15 years,[1] but now imprisonment of a juvenile for any offense whatsoever, even murder and rape, is prohibited. The Act also prohibits death sentence being pronounced or recorded against a juvenile offender. However, the alternative methods of disposition provided under the Act appear to be inadequate, for very serious crimes of violence.

The Correctional Centres

Renaming of custodial institutions

The custodial institutions formerly known as the Industrial Schools and Borstal Institute have been renamed Junior and Senior Correctional Centres under the authority of the Department of Social Welfare (now under the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection) and the Ministry for the Interior, respectively.[2]

  • [1] Section 314 Act 30 repealed by Act 653
  • [2] Sections 39 and 41
 
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