A New Gateway to Treatment: The Criminal Justice System and Drug Treatment Referrals 1992-1999

Corey Colyer, University of Michigan

The percentage of clients referred to drug treatment by agents of the criminal justice system has climbed steadily since 1992. This poster will display trend data from the Treatment Episode Data Set, demonstrating that the criminal justice system now refers a greater proportion of clients to treatment than any other referral source. Point estimates from the Uniform Crime Reports will be used to contextualize this finding and implications will be identified. The data points for this presentation were gathered from the output of an innovative on-line analysis system made available to the public by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. This system which is freely available (at http://www.iscpsr.umich.edu/SAMHDA/das.html) allows researchers to rapidly analyze large datasets on the World Wide Web without downloading files or relying on specialized statistical software. The poster will identify other datasets of interest to criminologists available on this system and illustrate the utility of the tool.

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