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NCJ Number: 120247 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Use and Recidivism: Analysis of Drug Offenders Admitted to Texas Prisons
Author(s): R Fabelo; L Riechers
Corporate Author: Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council
United States of America
Project Director: R Scott
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council
Austin, TX 78711
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data on 972 felony offenders admitted to Texas prisons in November and December 1988 formed the basis of an analysis of the criminal histories and drug use of Texas inmates and trends that might affect the management of these offenders in prison.
Abstract: The sample was drawn randomly, and information was compared with admission data from a sample admitted in 1986. Findings showed that the number of drug law offenders admitted to prison has increased by 177 percent since 1984. More of the offenders recently admitted to prison for a drug violation are also admitted for a violation of probation, parole, or mandatory supervision. In addition, drug use is far more prevalent in the prison population than in the general population, and drug offenders are more likely than other offenders to report selling drugs and to perceive the need for drugs as a cause of their crime. Moreover, the longer sentences being given to drug offenders present the possibility of providing longer-term drug rehabilitation programs in prison to reduce recidivism. Furthermore, mandatory drug testing may encourage offenders to endure the rigors of drug treatment programs. Without such interventions, the overburdened correctional system will experience increasing burdens. Figures and 8 references.
Main Term(s): Drug-abusing inmates
Index Term(s): Drug offenders; Drug Related Crime; Recidivism prediction; Texas
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