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J Interpers Violence. 2006 Apr;21(4):435-45.

Methamphetamine use, self-reported violent crime, and recidivism among offenders in California who abuse substances.

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  • 1UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, University of California, Los Angeles, 90025, USA. jcartier@ucla.edu

Abstract

This study uses data from 641 state prison parolees in California to examine the associations between methamphetamine use and three measures of criminal behavior: (a) self-reported violent criminal behavior, (b) return to prison for a violent offense, and (c) return to prison for any reason during the first 12 months of parole. Methamphetamine use was significantly predictive of self-reported violent criminal behavior and general recidivism (i.e., a return to custody for any reason). However, methamphetamine use was not significantly predictive of being returned to custody for a violent offense. These trends remained even after controlling for involvement in the drug trade (i.e., sales, distribution, or manufacturing).

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