Africa: the threat of punishment

From the colonial period to today

The history of prisons in Africa remains unknown. Marie Morelle, a geography professor at Lumière Lyon 2 University, addressed the subject alongside a team of researchers who documented the existing prison and criminal justice systems. She co-directed “l’Afrique en prisons” with Frédéric Le Marcis, published in April 2022 at ENS Editions. Prison Insider asked her three questions.

The mere threat of a prison sentence seems to be enough to make people obey orders.

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