Dignity of an ex-convict in South Africa : a critical discussion.
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The constitutions of many countries do not provide a clear definition of the concept of dignity. This study scrutinises the meaning of dignity and the violation of ex-convicts’ right to dignity in South Africa. Government policies place ex-convicts at a disadvantage, which may result in discrimination. The study examines section 271(4) of the Criminal Procedure Act that pertains to criminal records. It highlights inconsistencies between public policies in South Africa and international treaties as well as some provisions of the country’s constitution and offers recommendations to protect ex-convicts’ dignity and their reintegration into society.