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Social and Economic Factors Associated With Recent and Lifetime Incarceration Among Puerto Rican Drug Users

NCJ Number
Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse Volume: 12 Issue: 2 Dated: April - June 2013 Pages: 179-195
Lisa De Saxe Zerden; Lena M. Lundgren; Deborah Chassler; Amanda C. Horowitz; Elpidio Adorno; Timothy Purington
Date Published
June 2013
17 pages
This study explored the association of social and economic factors with lifetime and recent incarceration of Puerto Rican adult drug users who had histories of incarceration.
Using a sample of 280 Puerto Rican drug users with a history of incarceration residing in Massachusetts, the authors explore whether a significant association exists between social and economic factors (maintaining social network contacts, receiving public assistance) and lifetime incarceration. Analysis of survey data using regression methods shows that respondents who live in their own home, receive public assistance, and have recent familial contact are significantly less likely to have been incarcerated in the past 6 months. Among study participants, men and those who initiated heroin use at younger ages are more likely to have greater lifetime incarceration totals. Practice implications are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.