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Getting to Grips With Paperwork: A Model Drawn From Traffic Policing

NCJ Number
S Dale; S Dale
Date Published
51 pages
This guide is designed to assist British police forces in paperwork review and is based on the experience of others who have successfully addressed the issue of paperwork associated with traffic law enforcement.
The workshop was held in Gaborone, Botswana, June 19-21, 1996. Participants were representatives from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. One workshop objective was to analyze current trends in crime and criminal justice in Southern Africa, with particular reference to Botswana. A second objective was to identify the social, cultural, economic, and political consequences of these trends over the next decade. A third objective was to highlight implications for current national development plans and social policies on the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders. Other objectives were to identify gaps in current research and available information on crime and criminal justice, as well as the main issues and concerns for the region in the context of the findings of the Ninth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders. A final objective was to collate a workshop report that can be used in policy formation. There were four main workshop themes. The theme of "crime in perspective" provided an overview of changing patterns and types of crime in Southern Africa, with reference to a number of areas of current concern, including organized crime, corruption, drug trafficking, violence against women, urban crime, and youth and street children. The theme of "the criminal justice system" examined the current and future viability of systems of criminal justice within the region and considered social processes of policing; court adjudication and forms of diversion and alternative dispute settlement; and punishment, including capital and corporal punishment, imprisonment, fines, compensation and restitution, and any other traditional or new forms of noncustodial sanctions. The two other themes were research and information on crime and criminal justice, along with the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders. The workshop agenda and schedule are included.