Prisons in Tanzania

This study which is based on Kingolwira Prison in Morogoro (longterm and life sentence prisoners) attempts an analysis of the reformative aspect of the prison in Tanzania, which came about during the post-Independence period. A brief survey of the colonial set up of the prisons in Tanzania is made to trace any fundamental structural differences between the two. This study, based on information gathered through personal interviews of the regional prison staff and the prisoners, as well as personal observation of the daily routine of the prison, does not propose to suggest a solution of the prison question in the country, but simply examines the effects and analyses the failures of the post-independence prison reforms. Sections: The prison in Tanzania – The colonial prison – Post independence prisons The reforms – Some features of the prison – The Kingolwira prison – Sectors of the Kingolwira economy- The reappraisal of the Kingolwira prison economy – The prison social structure and its consequences – The social origin of the prisoners- Conclusion. Notes, tables, appendix.

Title: Prisons in Tanzania
Author: Hadjivauanis, G.G.
Year: 1974
Periodical: Eastern Africa Law Review
Volume: 7
Issue: 3
Pages: 247-273
Language: English
Geographic term: Tanzania
Subject: prisons
Abstract: This study which is based on Kingolwira Prison in Morogoro (longterm and life sentence prisoners) attempts an analysis of the reformative aspect of the prison in Tanzania, which came about during the post-Independence period. A brief survey of the colonial set up of the prisons in Tanzania is made to trace any fundamental structural differences between the two. This study, based on information gathered through personal interviews of the regional prison staff and the prisoners, as well as personal observation of the daily routine of the prison, does not propose to suggest a solution of the prison question in the country, but simply examines the effects and analyses the failures of the post-independence prison reforms. Sections: The prison in Tanzania – The colonial prison – Post independence prisons The reforms – Some features of the prison – The Kingolwira prison – Sectors of the Kingolwira economy- The reappraisal of the Kingolwira prison economy – The prison social structure and its consequences – The social origin of the prisoners- Conclusion. Notes, tables, appendix.