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Law: Enforcement: Sub-Saharan Africa
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Prisons in Africa are an un-African institution. Nowhere in precolonial African societies were prisons used as a form of punishment; West Africa's measures for crime control were restorative and retributivist justice. European colonialists converted slave forts along the Atlantic coast into gaols or cachots (Bernault 2003). In postcolonial Africa, several notorious prisons were shut down, although a few countries opened separate prisons for women and …

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Nagel, Mechthild, “Law: Enforcement: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0110d>
First published online: 2009

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