Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Paul Friday
Dr. Lewis Walker
Dr. Ronald Kramer
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.
Courtney, "Drug Addict and Non-Addict Offenders: A Comparison of the Disparity in the Types of Crimes, Sentencing Recommendations, and Formal Dispositions of Each Group" (1987). Master's Theses. 1226.