Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: GA-005-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1977

Subject Area: Legal Systems

Bibliographic Citation: New York drug law evaluation project, 1973.  [machine-readable data file] / Association of the Bar of the City of New York  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7656

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy and machine-readable codebooks and dictionary files.

Abstract: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Drug Abuse Council jointly organized a committee and research project to collect data, in a systematic fashion, about the 1973 drug law revision and to evaluate the law's effectiveness. The objectives of the Project were (1) to ascertain the repercussions of the drug law revision, (2) to analyze, to the degree possible, why the law was revised, (3) to identify any general principles or specific lessons that can be derived from the New York experience and that can be helpful to other states as they wrestle with the problem of illegal drug use and related crime. Five files contained within the study have been released. These files are described as follows: Ex-Drug User file: The data contain 867 records, with 289 cases, 3 cards of data per respondent, and 169 variables. The purpose of this survey was to determine the extent of knowledge of the 1973 drug law among ex-drug users in drug treatment programs, and to discover any changes in their behavior in response to the new law. Interviews were given to 289 non-randomly selected volunteers from three modalities: residential drug-free, ambulatory methadone maintenance, and the detoxification unit of the New York City House of Detention for Men. Predicate Felony file: The data contain 443 records, with 443 cases, 1 card of data per respondent, and approximately 39 variables. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the 1973 predicate felony provisions on crime committed by repeat offenders. Charge Reduction Study file: The data contain 319 records, with 319 cases, 1 card of data per respondent, and approximately 27 variables. The purpose of the study was to estimate the number and proportion of felony crimes attributable to narcotics users in Manhattan. Case records for male defendants, ages 16 and over, who were arraigned on at least one felony charge in Manhattan's Criminal Court, in 1972 and 1975, were sampled. Criminal Court Study file: The data contain 1,802 records, 901 respondents, 2 cards of data per respondent, and approximately 44 variables. The purpose of this study was to estimate the number and proportion of felony crimes attributable to narcotics users in Manhattan. Case records for male defendants, ages 16 and over, who were arraigned on at least one felony charge in Manhattan's Criminal Court or Manhattan's Supreme Court, were sampled from 1971 through 1975. Eighty percent of the sample was drawn from the Criminal Court while the remaining twenty percent was taken from the Supreme Court. Prison Detox Study file: The data contain 7,100 records, 3,550 respondents, 2 cards of data per respondent, and approximately 67 variables. The purpose of this study was to estimate the number and proportion of felony crimes attributable to narcotics users in Manhattan. Detained males ages 16 and over in Manhattan pre-trial detention centers who face at least one current felony charge were sampled.

SUBJECT TERMS: convictions. crime. criminal justice system. sentencing. New York. United States.

RELATED PUBLICATIONS:

Sentencing Patterns Under the 1973 New York State Drug Law, Drug Law Evaluation Project, October 1976.

Media/File Reports:

ICPSR Direct