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

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
David Nurco

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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.

Nurco, David. Crime Days Precursors Study:  Baltimore, 1952-1976. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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

1952 -- 1976

1973-07 -- 1978-01

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.

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.

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

personal interviews

survey data




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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.