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NCJ Number: 149755 Find in a Library
Title: Patterns of Drug Use Amongst NSW (New South Wales) Prison Receptions
Author(s): H Stathis; S Eyland; S Bertram
Corporate Author: New South Wales
Dept of Corrective Services
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: New South Wales
Sydney, 2001, Australia
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study was conducted to examine the extent of drug use (both legal and illegal) reported by New South Wales (Australia) inmates prior to incarceration, to document the types of drugs offenders reported using, and to outline the perceived effects of inmates' prior drug use.
Abstract: The sample consisted of 182 inmates admitted to prison over a 2-week period (April 26 through May 9, 1990). Almost all inmates (97 percent) had tried at least one of the drugs most often illegally used. Most inmates were using drugs more often than once a week in the 12 months prior to imprisonment. Seventy percent of the sample reported using drugs in the 24 hours preceding their offense. Sixty-two percent stated their current offense was related to their use of alcohol or other drugs. Seventy-four percent previously sentenced stated that either their previous or their current imprisonment was related to alcohol or other drugs. Of the inmates consuming drugs prior to their offense, those consuming alcohol were more likely than inmates consuming other drugs to report committing offenses such as homicide, assault, or other similar offenses. Fifty-nine percent of inmates stated that their use of alcohol or other drugs had caused them problems in the past 12 months. Thirty-two percent of inmates stated they were experiencing or expected to experience withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs upon being imprisoned. Recommendations are offered based on these findings. 16 tables, 14 references, and an appended drug-use questionnaire
Main Term(s): Foreign corrections statistics
Index Term(s): Drug effects; Drug Related Crime; Drug use; Foreign criminal justice research; New South Wales
Note: Research Publication No. 23 (Reprint), March 1991.
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