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NCJ Number: 119801 Find in a Library
Title: Summary of an Eleven-Country Study of Socio-Legal Measures to Combat Drug Abuse and Related Crime
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:special issue (July-September 1984)  Pages:3-13
Author(s): T Asuni; F Bruno
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: This article reports the results of a comparative study linking drug abuse to criminal behavior and the effectiveness of criminal sanctions.
Abstract: The study followed a group of experimental and control subjects in Argentina, Costa Rica, Japan, Brazil, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States of America. Additionally, independent studies conducted in Sweden and the United Kingdom were also assessed. All studies showed a close correlation between drug abuse, criminal behavior, and social attitudes to such problems. There was no correlation between diminished drug abuse and criminality and the harshness of a sociolegal system's punishment for drug abuse. In each country informal control systems such as the family, school, church, work environment and neighborhood were also studied. Residents of countries with punitive social-legal systems saw informal controls as also harsh and punitive, while those in countries with less punitive social-legal systems saw informal controls as positive. The study recommends that countries implement alternatives to penal sanctions so that the deviant behavior of drug abusers can be corrected by therapeutic approaches. 19 footnotes. (Author abstract modified.)
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Drug offender profiles; Drug research
Note: Special issue on sentencing policies and practices
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