ERIC Number: ED336688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Drugs and Crime Facts, 1990.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
This report presents the most current information available relating to drugs and crime published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in 25 different reports. These topics are discussed: (1) drug use by criminal offenders at the time of offense, noting that a third of state prisoners, a quarter of convicted jail inmates, and two-fifths of youths in long-term, state-operated facilities admit that they were under the influence of an illegal drug at the time of their offense; (2) past drug use by criminal offenders, highlighting the fact that more than half the state prisoners who had ever used a major drug reported that they had not done so until after their first arrest; (3) drug law enforcement; (4) pretrial release of drug defendants; (5) prosecution and sentencing of drug law violators in state courts; (6) time served in prison by drug offenders, noting that typically, only part of the sentence handed down by the court is actually served in prison; (7) public opinion about drugs, noting that the percentage of Gallup Poll respondents describing drug abuse as the most important problem facing our country has grown steadily during the past several years; and (8) drug use in the general population. Data tables are included. Source notes are listed. (LLL)
Descriptors: Criminals, Drinking, Drug Abuse, Drug Use, High Schools, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, Public Opinion, Trend Analysis
Drugs & Crime Data Center & Clearinghouse, 1600 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850 (Single copies free).
Publication Type: Reports - General; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Statistics.