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The opportunity cost of the upkeep of the criminal justice system in South Africa from 1980 to 2006

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  • Pierre de Villiers

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    (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)

  • Soon Nel

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    (Department of Accountancy, University of Stellenbosch)

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South African crime rates rose to unacceptably high levels between 1980 and 2006. As a result, vast amounts of funds were devoted to the upkeep of the criminal justice system – correctional services, justice and the police. Although it is necessary to spend a certain amount on the criminal justice system, in South Africa this expenditure was excessive by most measures. The excess funds that were spent on the upkeep of the criminal justice system could have covered the cost of financing the entire backlog in schooling facilities and a large part of the current housing shortage.

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Paper provided by Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 18/2009.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:sza:wpaper:wpapers91

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Keywords: crime; opportunity costs; criminal justice system; social services;

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