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Title: How Drugs Affect Decisions by Burglars
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:35  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1991)  Pages:310-321
Author(s): P F Cromwell; J N Olson; D W Avary; A Marks
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 88-CX-IJ-0042
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether or not burglars decisionmaking processes were rational and to what extent drug and alcohol use affected those decisions.
Abstract: Thirty active burglars in an urban area of 250,000 persons in Texas were recruited as research subjects according to a "snowball" sampling procedure. To be eligible for the study, offenders must have admitted committing a minimum of two burglaries per month and satisfied two or more of the following requirements: have been convicted by the courts or labeled by the police as a burglar, perceived themselves as burglars, and perceived by peers as burglars. The final sample consisted of 27 males and 3 females and contained approximately equal numbers of white Hispanic and black burglars. All were drug dependent or drug abusers. The study used an ethnographic format termed Staged Activity Analysis. This technique consisted of extensive interviews and "ride alongs," during which subjects were asked to reconstruct and simulate burglaries they had committed and were requested to assess dwellings that had been burglarized by other subjects. Each subject participated in as many as nine sessions. The study found that drug use and criminal activity (burglary) were inextricably interrelated. Heroin addicts were found to be more rational than previously believed and capable of controlling their drug use to a significant extent. Drug use was found to facilitate the commission of crimes for some burglars. The findings' public policy implications are discussed. 1 table, 1 figure, 3 notes, and 23 references
Main Term(s): Burglary
Index Term(s): Decisionmaking; Drug effects; Drug Related Crime
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