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New Ghosts, Old Ghosts: Prisons and Labor Reform Camps in China : Prisons and Labor Reform Camps in China - James D. Seymour

New Ghosts, Old Ghosts: Prisons and Labor Reform Camps in China

Prisons and Labor Reform Camps in China

Hardcover Published: 26th January 1998
ISBN: 9780765600974
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 18 years old

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Much has been written about the laogai (sometimes likened to the Soviet gulag) in the People's Republic of China. Depending on the source, the prisons are described as nonexistent, enlightened institutions, or hellish places which subject the inmates to degradation and misery. The system is commonly thought (by admirer and critic alike) as having a measurable impact on the national economy, providing significant resources to the state. This book examines such assertions and presents a detailed, objective, and realistic picture of the situation, along with case studies dealing with the three northwestern provinces. It is based on research in classified documents and extensive interviews with former prisoners, judicial personnel, and other insiders. In each case study, the authors discuss the history of the provincial prison system and the impact that each has had at the macro, meso, and micro levels.

Prologue: Visiting the Xining Laogai Area
Introduction: Why the Northwest?
Structural Overview
Gansu: Sentencing Patterns
Total Prisoner Population
The Economy of the Gansu Laogai
Political and Religious Prisoners
Xinjiang: One Region, Two Systems: The Bingtuan and Its Laogai
Department of Justice (Sifa) Laogai
Prison Conditions
The Economics of the Laogai
Size and Nature of the Prisoner Population
Outside Influences
Qinghai: Historical Overview
Town and Country
Sizing Up the Laogai
Prison Conditions
Special Populations
Checking Up on the System
Prisons and Human Rights: Excesses in the Laogai
China and the International Human Rights Regime
The Aftermath: What Happens upon Release?: Jiuye
Conclusion: The Economy of the Laogai
The Laogai in Theory and Practice
The Laogai in Comparative Perspective
Getting Modern
Author's Commentaries
The Laogai for Foreign Visitors
The World Bank and Harry Wu
Other Commentaries
Some Proposals to the National People's Congress Regarding the Prison Law (1994)
Report on the Work of the Inspectorate in 1995
Decision of the United Nations Concerning China (1996)
Laogai Regulations: List of Laws Governing Labor Reform in China
Regulations Concerning the Behavior of Criminals Undergoing Reform
Regulations Concerning Treatment of Foreign Visitors to Labor Reform Units
Regulations Guiding the Management of the Reform Environment in Prisons
Prison Law of the People's Republic of China
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ISBN: 9780765600974
ISBN-10: 0765600978
Series: Socialism & Social Movements S
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 26th January 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.0  x 2.85
Weight (kg): 0.59