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Study Report

Study Number: SJ-049-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1985

Subject Area: Anomic Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Violent offending by drug users: longitudinal arrest histories of adults arrested in Washington, D.C., 1985-1986.  [machine-readable data file] / Cohen, Jacqueline  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6254

Date Accessioned: 5/13/1996

Number of Files Received: 7

Comments: Root directory of study consists of 7 parts. Data and documentation are stored as compressed executables.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 5/13/1996

Documentation: Machine-readable: printed 1 volume hard copy; as received from ICPSR.

Abstract: This data collection effort examined the influence of drug use on three key aspects of offenders' criminal careers in violence: participation, frequency of offending, and termination rate. A random sample of arrestees was taken from those arrested in Washington, DC, during the period July 1, 1985, to June 6, 1986. The sample was stratified to overrepresent groups other than Black males. Drug use was determined by urinalysis results at the time of arrest, as contrasted with previous studies that relied on self-reports of drug use. The research addresses the following questions: (1) Does drug use have an influence on participation in violent criminal activity? (2) Does drug use influence the frequency of offending for violent crimes? (3) Is there a difference in the types and rates of violent offending between drug-using offenders who use stimulants and those who use depressants? Variables regarding arrests include date of arrest, drug test result, charges filed, disposition date, disposition type, and sentence length imposed. Demographic variables include race, sex, birthdate, and place of birth.

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