Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Paul Friday

Second Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker

Third Advisor

Dr. Ronald Kramer

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between the type and severity of a crime and the offender's known history (past or present) of controlled substance abuse.

A random sample of federal cases between the years 1980-1985 was used to see if the offender's known problem with substance abuse had any impact on the severity of the recommended and actual sentence imposed on the offender.

Specific control variables such as race, age, educational level, and marital status of the offenders were also incorporated.

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