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Drugs, Crime, and Their Relationships
Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy

Author(s): Glenn D. Walters, PhD, Kutztown University
  • ISBN-13: 9781284021172
  • Product With Access Code    488 pages      © 2014
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An Essential Text Unlike Any Other in the Field

Surveys administered to high school students, studies carried out on jail and prison inmates, and interviews conducted with substance abusers undergoing treatment all point to the same conclusion: drugs and crime are strongly connected. Why they are connected is less well understood, however. Written for middle to upper-level undergraduate courses on drugs and crime or substance abuse and crime, this book examines the drug-crime connection in a systematic and comprehensive way. Drugs, Crime, and Their Relationships covers the entire drug-crime spectrum, starting with a review of drug and crime terminology, classification and theory, and ending with policy implications for prevention, harm reduction, and macro-level management of the drug-crime problem. The opening chapters discuss drugs and crime separately for the purpose of setting the stage for later discussions on drug-crime relationships. As the book proceeds, the boundaries between drugs and crime blur, thus revealing the complex and intimate relationship that links these two behaviors.

Drugs, Crime, and Their Relationships is divided into four sections. The first section offers an introduction and overview of theories on drugs, crime, and their relationships. The second section explores the relevant research on the biological, psychological, sociological, and static/situational correlates of drug-crime relationships. The third section considers the practical implications of drug-crime connections for the criminal justice system, offender assessment, and treatment programming. The fourth and final section examines the policy implications of the drug-crime relationship in the form of prevention, harm reduction, and society’s response to drugs and drug-related crime.

Students will enjoy the engaging writing style, instructors will welcome the logical manner in which the text is organized, and scholars will appreciate the comprehensiveness of coverage and the range of citations.

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Features & Benefits

  • Provides a step-by-step breakdown and synthesis of the drug-crime connection.
  • Organized logically so that a student first progresses through chapters that treat drugs and crime separately, gradually replaced by overlapping discussion of drugs and crime, up until the final section (policy) where the overlap is nearly complete.
  • Covers core topics, including the history of drugs and crime in America, theories of substance abuse, DSM-IV criteria for substance abuse, antisocial personality disorder, theories of crime, and neurotransmitters and drugs. Also includes discussions on important topics not commonly found in other texts including, meta-analysis, genetics of drug use and crime, drug diversion programs, prison-based treatment programs for drug offenders, evidence-based intervention, harm reduction, Portuguese and Dutch experiments, and much more.
  • Pedagogical features:
    • Chapter opening learning objectives and chapter ending summary and critical thinking questions.
    • List of key words in each chapter.
    • News Spots that highlight a related topic from the news to demonstrate the relevance of the chapter material to one's everyday life and situations.
    • Questions to Ponder following each News Spot intended to stimulate critical thinking and classroom discussion.
  • Every new printed copy is packaged with full student access to the companion website featuring a weatlh of engaging and interactive study tools.
  • Instructor resources include PowerPoint Lecture Outlines, a Test Bank, and robust reporting and course management tools with Navigate Drugs, Crime, and Their Relationships.

Applicable Courses

Drugs, Crime, and Their Relationships: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy is written for middle to upper-level undergraduate students enrolled in courses on drugs and crime or substance abuse and crime. Courses can be found in numerous departments, including Criminal Justice, Criminology, Social Work, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Part  I  Theory
  Chapter  1  An Introduction to Drugs and Crime
  Chapter  2  Drugs: Definitions, Classification, and Theory
  Chapter  3  Crime: Definitions, Classification, and Theory
  Chapter  4  Drug-Crime Relationships
Part  II  Research
  Chapter  5  Biological Foundations of Drug-Crime Relationships
  Chapter  6  Psychological Foundations of Drug-Crime Relationships
  Chapter  7  Sociological Foundations of Drug-Crime Relationships
  Chapter  8  Static and Situational Foundations of Drug-Crime Relationships
Part  III  Practice
  Chapter  9  Drugs and the Criminal Justice System
  Chapter  10  Assessing the Drug-Involved Offender
  Chapter  11  Intervening with the Drug-Involved Offender
Part  IV  Policy
  Chapter  12  Prevention
  Chapter  13  Harm Reduction
  Chapter  14  Drugs, Crime, and Society
  Chapter  15  The Future of Drug-Crime Relationships

Glenn D. Walters, PhD-Kutztown University

Glenn D. Walters is an associate professor of criminal justice at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.  He received a B.A. in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College (1976), an M. A. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1978), and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University (1982).  Prior to assuming full-time teaching duties at Kutztown University in 2011, Dr. Walters worked as a clinical psychologist for the U.S. Army and Federal Bureau of Prisons and taught psychology and criminology classes part-time at St. Mary's College in Leavenworth Kansas, Penn State University in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, Chestnut Hill College in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, and Drexel University.  He spent 29 of his 30 years of federal government service as a practicing psychologist and drug program coordinator for military and federal prisoners at the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth Kansas, the Federal Correctional Institution-Fairton, New Jersey, and the Federal Correctional Institution-Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Walters has written over 200 articles, monographs, and book chapters. He has published in a wide variety of criminology, criminal justice, and psychology journals to include: Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Criminology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Law and Human Behavior, Psychological Assessment, and Psychology of Addictive Behavior.  Dr. Walters currently serves on the editorial boards of six journals: Assessment, Criminal Justice and Behavior, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, Law and Human Behavior, and Psychological Services.  Dr. Walters has authored 14 books, to include The Criminal Lifestyle (Sage, 1990), Drugs and Crime in Lifestyle Perspective (Sage, 1994), Changing Lives of Drugs and Crime (Wiley, 1998), The Addiction Concept (Allyn & Bacon, 1999), Criminal Belief Systems (Praeger, 2002), and Crime in a Psychological Context (Sage, 2012).  The classes he teaches at Kutztown University include Management of Offenders, Community Corrections, Research Methods, and Substance Abuse and Crime.

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