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NCJ Number: 123316 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs, Crime and the Criminal Justice System
Editor(s): R Weisheit
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 405
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87084-225-0
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
Publicity Director
2035 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A group of authors examine the dimensions of the drug problem specific to crime and criminal justice.
Abstract: Nearly every aspect of the drug issue is framed in the language of war or conflict. The different strategies for this war are discussed in the first chapter. The impact of interdiction and the sale and distribution of illegal drugs in the U.S. are discussed. The correlation between increased cocaine use and higher rates of violence is proposed, as well as a typology for the classification of drug-related homicides. Problems affecting the criminal justice system, such as management and policy due to the surge in drug arrests and the AIDS problem, are recounted. Employee drug abuse in law enforcement, testing offenders and criminal justice employees for drug abuse, and the validity of self-reported drug use are focused upon. The decriminalization or legalization of drug laws is debated, and literature review is provided on the drug-crime (delinquency) nexus among adolescents. A study examining whether people arrested for driving while intoxicated have a significant history of prior criminal arrests is presented. The Confined Addicts Seeking Help (CASH) self-help program in the Baltimore City Jail (Maryland) is described as a model treatment program.
Main Term(s): Criminal justice system analysis; Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Criminal justice research; Drug research; Maryland
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