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Substance abuse and crime in Texas : a summary of prison and probation surveys conducted by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and evaluations of the Texas Criminal Justice Treatment Initiative

Australian Institute of Criminology , Jane Maxwell
20 November 1998 -

Dr Jane Carlisle Maxwell

Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, United States of America

Introduction

Dr Jane Maxwell is the Chief of Research at the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Dr Maxwell is also the principal investigator on three US Federal data and needs assessment contracts and is a member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Community Epidemiology Work Group.

In 1988 and 1993-1995 the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse surveyed over 3,500 new male and female prison inmates and new probationers about their alcohol and drug abuse. In this presentation Dr Maxwell will examine the following issues:

  • Need for treatment
  • Relationship of drugs and crime
  • Social and family backgrounds
  • Mental and physical health problems
  • HIV risk behaviours
  • Gambling
  • The strong association between drug abuse and the extent of criminality
  • Criminal Justice Treatment Initiative & Community after care programs
  • Evaluate the different data collections, such as the prison survey, the national household survey and the drug use monitoring program, in terms of their utility for public policy