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HypocrisyThe Tales and Realities of Drug Detainees in China$
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Vincent Shing Cheng

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455683

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455683.001.0001

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Post-discharge Reintegration and Surveillance

Post-discharge Reintegration and Surveillance

(p.103) 6 Post-discharge Reintegration and Surveillance

Vincent Shing Cheng

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter frames drug detainees’ experience in a more general context of the policing of ‘targeted populations’. In China, all released prisoners, including those discussed in this study, are categorized as ‘targeted populations’. Different policies are made to manage, control, and obtain information about such ‘targeted populations’. Since most of these former prisoners were incarcerated because of drug use, many of these control techniques are concerned with the control of former and current drug users. With the example of four control techniques, it demonstrates how the concern for control hijacks the concern for education and reintegration and destroys the police’s image of ‘benevolent saviours’.

Keywords:   Policing, surveillance, social control, reintegration, drug control, stigma

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