PATTERNS OF DRUG USE, DRUG TRAFFICKING, AND OTHER DELINQUENCY AMONG INNER‐CITY ADOLESCENT MALES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

DAVID M. ALTSCHULER, PAUL J. BROUNSTEIN

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Abstract

This paper examines (1) the relationship between drug involvement among inner‐city youths and the commission of other kinds of crime, (2) the role of drug use in crime commission, (3) the connection between crime and drug procurement, and (4) the factors that distinguish between individuals as a function of (a) levels of involvement in drug trafficking and (b) drug usage and criminal activity. Drug use and trafficking were both related to other criminal activities; the type of drug involvement was related to the type of crimes reported. The heaviest users were significantly more likely than nonusers to commit property crimes and drug traffickers were significantly more likely to commit crimes against persons than were respondents who did not sell drugs. Adolescents who used and sold drugs were the most likely to commit crimes against persons and property, and at the greatest rate. Still, for every type of crime reported in the past year, only a minority of offenders reported ever using drugs while committing the crime or said that they committed any type of crime in order to obtain drugs or money to obtain drugs. Most youths appear to commit crime for reasons completely independent of drugs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-622
Number of pages34
JournalCriminology
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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