National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Crime Days Precursors Study: Baltimore, 1952-1976 (ICPSR 8222)

Principal Investigator(s): Nurco, David


This data collection focuses on 354 male narcotic addicts who were selected using a stratified random sample from a population of 6,149 known narcotic abusers arrested or identified by the Baltimore, Maryland, Police Department between 1952 and 1976. Variables include respondent's use of controlled drugs, including marijuana, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, codeine, heroin, methadone, cocaine, tranquilizers, and other narcotics. Also of interest is the respondent's past criminal activity including arrests, length of incarceration, educational attainment, employment history, personal income, mobility, and drug treatment, if any.

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Nurco, David. Crime Days Precursors Study: Baltimore, 1952-1976. ICPSR08222-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1985.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (82-IJ-CX-0031)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    addiction, arrests, controlled drugs, criminal histories, drug dependence, drug related crimes, drug treatment, drug use, education, income, job history, social history

Geographic Coverage:    Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1952--1976

Date of Collection:   

  • 1973-07--1978-01

Universe:    Known narcotic abusers arrested or identified by the Baltimore, Maryland Police Department between 1952-1976.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The file consists of approximately 10 records per case followed by 1 to 14 on-period summary records, followed by 1 to 8 off-period summary records.


Sample:    A total of 354 male narcotic addicts were selected from the universe using a stratified random sample based on race and year of police contact.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-03-18

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