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Title: POST-1975 LITERATURE REVIEW - A SURVEY AND ANALYSIS OF THE EXTANT DRUG/CRIME LITERATURE
Author(s): R P GANDOSSY; J R WILLIAMS; J COHEN; H J HARWOOD
Corporate Author: RTI International
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 74
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
RTI International
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78-NI-AX-0018
Publication Number: RTI/1601/00/051
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: LITERATURE PUBLISHED SINCE 1975 ON ISSUES RELATED TO DRUGS AND CRIME IS REVIEWED AND SUMMARIZED IN ORDER TO PRESENT THE STATE-OF-THE ART SINCE PREVIOUS AND RELATED REPORTS.
Abstract: THE PRESENT REVIEW EXAMINES 175 RECENT ENGLISH-LANGUAGE WORKS WITH RESPECT TO 7 CATEGORIES: METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES, PATTERNS OF DRUG USE AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, LIFE CYCLE CHARACTERISTICS, ECONOMIC ISSUES, TREATMENT EFFECTS, LITERATURE REVIEWS AND EDITED WORKS, AND OTHER LITERATURE. MOST OF THE LITERATURE CONCERNS PATTERNS OF DRUG USE AND CRIME; LIFE CYCLES IS THE LEAST COVERED TOPIC. AS A RESULT OF RECENT RESEARCH, DRUG USERS ARE NOT CONSIDERED TO BE A HOMOGENEOUS GROUP, ALL FOLLOWING THE SAME OR SIMILAR PATTERNS. IN THE AREA OF DRUG ADDICTION AND CRIME, ONE RECENT STUDY USED INTERVIEWS WITH 356 ACTIVE ADDICTS FROM MIAMI'S FREE COMMUNITY, TO OVERCOME BIAS RESULTING FROM STUDIES OF ARRESTEES. RESULTS INDICATED THAT THE 239 HEROIN USERS HAD COMMITTED AN AVERAGE OF 337 OFFENSES EACH. OTHER RECENT STUDIES HAVE FOCUSED ON THE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR OF FEMALE ADDICTS AND THE IMPORTANT FACTOR OF AGE. SEVERAL KEY AREAS NEEDING FURTHER RESEARCH INCLUDE LIFE CYCLES, COHORT EFFECTS, ADDICTS' DAILY ACTIVITIES, AND THE REPRESENTATIVENESS OF SAMPLES. FOOTNOTES, A TABLE, AN AUTHOR INDEX, AN EXTENSIVE REFERENCE LIST, AND A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF LITERATURE OF ABOUT 180 DOCUMENTS PUBLISHED SINCE 1975 ON DRUGS AND CRIME ARE PROVIDED. FOR RELATED REPORTS, SEE NCJ 65247, 66590, AND 66592. (CFW)
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug Related Crime; Drug treatment programs; Literature reviews; Reference materials
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