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1986 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials

Harare, Zimbabwe, 26 July – 1 August 1986: Memoranda

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LMM(86)9 The Increase in Pre-Trial Remands-A Challenge to Criminal Legal Systems

Time and again studies have thrown doubt on the idea that the numbers in the prisons are necessarily related to the levels of crime in a society. Where there is little crime the propensity to imprison may be relatively high and there are countries with high rates of serious crime and relatively low rates of imprisonment. Thus, the Netherlands, with no less serious problems of crime than the rest of Europe, imprisons only about 30 to 40 persons per 100,000 of its total population whereas other European States are regularly imprisoning 80, 90 and sometimes over 100 per 100,000 of their people.

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