The Reliability and Validity of Self Report Crime of Among Drug Offenders

Carlos Rocha, University of Maryland at College Park

This presentation looks to address the reliability and validity of self reported crime among convicted drug offenders. Using self report data collected for the Baltimore City Drug Treatment Court evaluation, this presentation investigates the correlation between official arrest and self reported arrest and criminal activity along with examining the percentages of self reported arrest and criminal activity for which an official arrest was reported. Additionally, indicators of invalid reporting, such as age, gender, employment, marital status, etc. will be identified and discussed. Finally, weaknesses of the data will be addressed along with recommendations for future research in this area.

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