Shenzhen to Transform Labor Camps into Rehabilitation Centers

Shenzhen to Transform Labor Camps into Rehabilitation CentersCity officials are planning to transform the two labor camps in the city into compulsory rehabilitation centers. Shenzhen No.2 Labor Camp has not been receiving people since 2008 that were detained under the re-education program using the labor system was already transformed a few years ago.

While Shenzhen No. 1 Labor Camp still has a few people but will be released this year. In May the camp received drug addicts that were treated for compulsory treatments and will be converted into a full time rehabilitation center before the year ends.  The re-education through labor system was used since 1957 which empowers the police to sentence people who committed offenses of up to four years of confinement with the need to go to court, which some say undermine the rule of law.

Shenzhen No. 1 Labor Camp was established in 1981 and operated a printing business with a production volume of more than 34 million yuan in 1995 and 40 million yuan in 1996. the camp was awarded for its excellent management by the country in 1996. While Shenzhen No. 2 Labor Camp was built in 1994 and slowly transformed into a compulsory rehabilitation center since 2008 after the anti drug law was issued. After the two camps will be fully transformed it will be only receiving drugs addicts sent for compulsory treatments.

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