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NCJ Number: 148024 Find in a Library
Title: DRUG AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITY PATTERNS OF URBAN OFFENDERS: A MARKOV CHAIN ANALYSIS
Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1994)  Pages:79-107
Author(s): L E Pettiway; S Dolinsky; A Grigoryan
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 29
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using a sample of 431 Philadelphia street criminals, this study investigated the relative importance of crime- and drug- related activities as dependent events in the offender's daily routine and to consider the significance of other types of activities on the participation of offenders in crime- and drug-related activities.
Abstract: A first-order Markov chain analysis revealed that offenders were not prone to remaining in a consistent activity state during their daily routines. However, offenders who participated in crime-related activities as well as social and recreational activities had higher probabilities of remaining in those states. Preparation, searching, and fencing activities comprised approximately 35 percent of the crime- related category; the probability of involvement in drug- related activities for these offenders was also high. The preliminary analysis from these data support the hypothesized interrelationship between drug use and crime. 6 tables, 5 notes, 79 references, and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime patterns; Drug Related Crime; Drug use; Pennsylvania
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