Drug Abuse as a Predictor of Rearrest or Failure to Appear in Court in New York City, 1984 (ICPSR 9979)

Published: Apr 18, 2000

Principal Investigator(s):
Eric D. Wish


Version V1

This data collection was undertaken to estimate the prevalence of drug use/drug use trends among booked arrestees in New York City and to analyze the relationship between drug use and crime. The data, which were collected over a six-month period, were generated from volunteer interviews with male arrestees, the analyses of their urine specimens, police and court records of prior criminal behavior and experience with the criminal justice system, and records of each arrestee's current case, including court warrants, rearrests, failures to appear, and court dispositions. Demographic variables include age, education, vocational training, marital status, residence, and employment. Items relating to prior and current drug use and drug dependency are provided, along with results from urinalysis tests for opiates, cocaine, PCP, and methadone. The collection also contains arrest data for index crimes and subsequent court records pertaining to those arrests (number of court warrants issued, number of pretrial rearrests, types of rearrests, failure to appear in court, and court dispositions), and prior criminal records (number of times arrested and convicted for certain offenses).

Wish, Eric D. Drug Abuse as a Predictor of Rearrest or Failure to Appear in Court in New York City, 1984  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000-04-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09979.v1

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (83-IJ-CX-K048)

1984-04 -- 1984-10

1984-04 -- 1984-10

Nonrandom data collection from 6,406 arrestees. Priority was given to those persons charged with nondrug felony offenses. Drug offenses accounted for 20 percent of the sample, and 76 percent were felony offenses.

Male arrestees booked at Manhattan Central Booking from April to October 1984.

personal interviews, urine samples, and police and court records

clinical data

event/transaction data

survey data



2000-04-18 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been added to this collection and the codebook and data collection instrument are now available as a PDF file.


  • 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.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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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.