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Regulating Drug Dependency in China: The 2008 PRC Drug Prohibition Law

NCJ Number
236593
Journal
British Journal of Criminology Volume: 51 Issue: 6 Dated: November 2011 Pages: 978-996
Author(s)
Sarah Biddulph; Chuanyu Xie
Date Published
November 2011
Length
19 pages
Annotation

This paper examines the reforms to powers of Chinese state agencies to deal with drug-dependent people.

Abstract

This paper examines the reforms to powers of Chinese state agencies to deal with drug-dependent people introduced by the PRC Drug Prohibition Law 2008. Although professing to take a more humane approach to problems of drug dependency, the law retains a police-centered approach to regulation. The law provides for a set of interconnected police powers that include: registration; imposition of a 3 year term of community rehabilitation; administrative detention for 2 years; and the possibility of a further supervised rehabilitation order upon release. In the absence of detailed implementing regulations, this paper examines the different ways local agencies are interpreting and implementing these powers. (Published Abstract)

Date Published: November 1, 2011