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NCJ Number: 66912 Find in a Library
Title: MASSACHUSETTS - DRUG DEFENDANTS - 1979 - INCLUDING 1976-1979 COMPARISONS
Author(s): M B ROY; A DERRANE
Corporate Author: Massachusetts Commissioner of Probation
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Massachusetts Commissioner of Probation
Boston, MA 02108
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE STATEWIDE CRIMINAL INFORMATION FILES OF MASSACHUSETTS WERE USED TO COMPILE THESE STATISTICS ON THE AGE, AREA OF RESIDENCE, AREA OF ARREST, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSED FOR A SAMPLE OF DRUG-CHARGE DEFENDANTS.
Abstract: THIS STUDY HAS BEEN DONE ANNUALLY SINCE 1974. COMPARISONS FOR THE YEARS 1976 AND 1979 ARE INCLUDED WITH COMMENTARY. IN 1979 A TOTAL OF 1,312 WERE CHARGED WITH DRUG CRIMES FOR THE FIRST TIME DURING THE 4 WEEKS CHOSEN FOR INDEPTH ANALYSIS, COMPARED TO 1,329 DURING THE SAME FOUR WEEKS IN 1978. ALTOGETHER, MASSACHUSETTS HAD ABOUT 17,277 DRUG DEFENDANTS IN 1979, COMPARED TO 17,056 IN 1978. IN 1979, THE NUMBER OF JUVENILE DRUG DEFENDANTS 15 AND 16 YEARS OF AGE INCREASED 20 PERCENT OVER 1978, 17 AND 18 YEAR OLDS DECLINED 6 PERCENT, AND THOSE BETWEEN 19 AND 21 INCREASED 15 PERCENT. THOSE OVER AGE 22 DECLINED. IN THE 1979 SAMPLE, 39 PERCENT OF THE DEFENDANTS WERE CHARGED WITH SIMULTANEOUS CRIMINAL OFFENSES IN ADDITION TO THE DRUG CHARGE, MOST PUBLIC ORDER OFFENSES OR PROPERTY CRIMES. CLASS A (HEROIN) OFFENSES HAVE STEADILY DECLINES SINCE 1976 WHILE CLASS D (MARIHUANA) OFFENSES CONTINUE TO GRADUALLY INCREASE. CHARTS PRESENT THE STATISTICAL DATA. THE COMMENTARY DISCUSSES TRENDS AND SHORTCOMINGS IN THE STUDY DATA.
Index Term(s): Arrest statistics; Drug Related Crime; Massachusetts
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