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NCJ Number: 82400 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Policy and Control of Drug Crime (From Polizei und Kriminalpolitik, P 65-76, 1981 - See NCJ-82395)
Author(s): A Kreuzer
Corporate Author: Bundeskriminalamt
Germany (Unified)
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Bundeskriminalamt
Wiesbaden, Germany 6200
Format: Document
Language: German
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: Drug policy formulation is fraught with disagreements over the designation of harmful substances, the nature of abuse, treatment approaches, and enforcement intervention. These conflicts are reflected in the proposed West German drug law reforms, which emphasize diversion strategies with therapeutic goals.
Abstract: Differences of opinion continue regarding such issues as decriminalization of hashish and cannabis use; institution of methadone programs, which seem to have been unsuccessful elsewhere; and the discrepancies inherent in therapy offered under coercive situations (such as correctional programs for drug offenders). Also unresolved are legal issues regarding police rights to pursue undercover entrapment and the proper authority for exercising diversion discretion, i.e., the police or the prosecution. It is recommended that police enforcement activity in apprehending drug consumers be circumscribed. Instead, more intensified outreach should be directed at drug abusers by health, social assistance, and juvenile agencies. Police should concentrate on the control of the illicit drug trade and smuggling. Such a program of divided responsibilities within the complex scene of drug abuse should be tested in the form of a regional model.
Index Term(s): Decriminalization; Drug Related Crime; Drug treatment; Germany; Law reform; Police responsibilities; Policy
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