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Title:Tanzania penal system: retribution or correction of offenders
Author:Shaidi, L.P.ISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Law Review (ISSN 0012-8678)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:criminal law
legal history
Abstract:Tanzania does not have a clearly-stated penal policy, nor did the attainment of independence bring with it notable changes in the penal system. The situation was substantially one of continuity. This paper assesses Tanzania's present penal system from a historical perspective, looking at the German colonial period (1884-1919), the British colonial period (1919-1961), and the postcolonial penal system. Ugly features of the Tanzanian penal system include the continued use of corporal punishment and excessively long mandatory terms of imprisonment, which are totally disproportionate to the offences. Attention should be paid to alternatives to imprisonment in order to solve the problem of overcrowded prisons. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]