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NCJ Number: 224983 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs and Crime, Third Edition
Author(s): Philip Bean
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 329
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Publication Number: ISBN 978-1-84392-331-2
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Contributing to the debate on the direct link between drug taking and crime, this updated and expanded edition of Drugs and Crime provides an overview of the range of issues associated with drug-related crime, and assesses what is broadly known about drugs and crime and related matters such as policing, drug testing, and treatment.
Abstract: A high proportion of crimes committed in Britain are drug-related, with many offenders reporting drug use prior to the commission of their offense. However, the direct link between drug taking and crime is often less clear than is assumed. This third edition is intended to add to the debate of this linkage and hopefully stimulate some new ideas. The task is to examine some of the major criminological implications of the drugs-crime nexus, to determine how drugs and crime are linked and to assess the responses made to those links. Particular attention is paid to policing drugs and drug markets and the way they operate. So, the central theme of the book is the importance of reducing supply at local, national, and international levels. Accordingly, there are chapters on the drugs-crime link, sentencing drug offenders, policing drug offenders including the use of informers, coercive treatment, trafficking and laundering, and on gender issues, including the treatment of women drug users. Building on the strengths of earlier editions, the book has been updated, including new information on police tactics, such as ‘stop and search’ and ‘test purchase’, and a chapter dedicated entirely on the legalization debate. There is little doubt that the ‘drugs crime’ problem remains central to criminology generally and government’s thinking in particular. Figures, tables, references, and index
Main Term(s): Drug law offenses
Index Term(s): Criminal justice overview texts; Drug abuse; Drug abuse in foreign countries; Drug law enforcement; Drug legalization; Drug offenders; Drug Policy; Drug smuggling; Foreign drug law enforcement; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Police crime-prevention
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