Drug-Crime Connections challenges the assumption that there is a widespread association between drug use and crime. Instead, it argues that there are many highly specific connections. The authors draw together in a single volume a wide range of findings from a study of nearly 5,000 arrestees interviewed as part of the New English and Welsh Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (NEW-ADAM) programme. It provides an in-depth study of the nature of drug-crime connections, as well as an investigation into drug use generally among criminals and the kinds of crimes that they commit. They explore topics that previously have fallen outside the drug-crime debate, such as gender and drugs, ethnicity and drugs, gangs, guns, drug markets, and treatment needs. The book provides both an up-to-date review of the literature and a concise summary of a major study on the connection between drug use and crime.
Dr. Trevor Bennett is Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Glamorgan. He has published widely in the area of drug use and crime, most recently as co-author of Understanding Drugs, Alcohol and Crime (2005) with Katy Holloway and as a contributor to Substance Use and Misuse, the British Journal of Criminology and the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. Dr. Katy Holloway is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Criminology, University of Glamorgan. She is also a Lecturer on the M.Sc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice program. She has published widely in the area of drug use and crime, most recently as co-author of Understanding Drugs, Alcohol and Crime (2005) with Trevor Bennett and as a contributor to Substance Use and Misuse, the British Journal of Criminology and the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.
Part I. Introduction: 1. Background; 2. Research methods; Part II. Drug Misuse among Criminals: 3. Drug misuse among arrestees; 4. Drugs and health; Part III. Drug-Crime Affinities: 5. Drugs and crime; 6. Disaggregating the drugs-crime relationship; 7. Multiple drug use and crime; 8. Users' perceptions of the drugs-crime link; Part IV. Special Topics: 9. Gender, drugs, and crime; 10. Ethnicity, drugs, and crime; 11. Gangs and gang members; 12. Gun possession and use; 13. Drug markets; 14. Assisted desistance and treatment needs; 15. International comparisons; Part V. Conclusions: 16. Conclusions.