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NCJ Number: 119806 Find in a Library
Title: Drug-Related Crime and Sentencing Policies From the Perspective of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:special issue (July-September 1984)  Pages:47-57
Author(s): H Hanreich
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 11
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: This article describes the sentencing policies of United Nations countries toward drug-related crime.
Abstract: No data exist to show definite trends in sentencing policies for those convicted of drug-related crime. Nor is there clear evidence on the effectiveness of sentencing policies in various countries. Drug legislation and sanctions reflect a nation's socio-cultural and religious values. However, certain trends do indicate that some countries are attempting to rehabilitate rather than punish those convicted of minor drug offenses. There is a limited perception that drug addiction is an illness, although certain countries are increasing penal sanctions for illicit drug use. Some nations are moving toward decriminalizing the simple use of drugs and increasing penalties for drug trafficking. Future activities of the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice program and the United Nations drug abuse control program are discussed. 20 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Geographical sentencing variation
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; United Nations (UN)
Note: Special issue on sentencing policies and practices
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