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Title: Differential Criminal Patterns of Narcotic Addicts Over an Addiction Career
Journal: Criminology  Volume:26  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1988)  Pages:407-423
Author(s): D N Nurco; T E Hanlon; T W Kinlock; K R Duszynski
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD 20892
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 1RO1DA04219-01
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In a further study of the drug addiction-crime relationship, 214 narcotic addicts were classified according to their criminal involvement during a 2-year preaddiction period.
Abstract: The sample was divided into two groups -- those who reported involvement in any of 20 categories of criminal activity (108) and those who reported no such activity (106). The criminal behavior and drug-use patterns of the two groups were then compared during subsequent addiction and nonaddiction periods. As expected, the impact of addiction was much more prominent in the low-crime group. Criminal activity of the high-crime group prior to addiction was not only present but was frequent and varied. Members of the high-crime group participated in every category of crime prior to addiction, including violent crime. Since criminal behavior patterns are likely to be deeply ingrained by the time addiction occurs, any attempt to reduce crime by eliminating narcotic addiction would have limited success with such persons. A better strategy would be to intervene at the earliest signs of deviance. 5 tables, 32 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Drug use; Rehabilitation
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