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Crime has been one of the biggest "growth industries" of the economic reform period. It has not only increased in the reform era but the underlying motivations spurring it on, together with changing criminal methods, changing demographics, and changes in the age of criminals have complicated the picture enormously since the Mao years. This, in turn, has shown the state's "mass-line" preventative policing techniques and "reform through labor" (laogai) rehabilitative methods to be inadequate to the tasks of crime prevention and criminal transformation. A police force geared to a …

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Dutton, Michael, “Crime”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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