DRUG ABUSE AND THE INVOLVEMENT OF PRISONERS IN STREET CRIMES

1Fauziah Ibrahim, Suzana Mohd Hoesni, Ezarina Zakaria, Salina Nen, Norulhuda Sarnon, Khadijah Alavi, Nasrudin Subhi, Mohd Suhaimi Mohamad

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Abstract:

This study was conducted to examine the profile of prisoners and their involvement in drugs and street crimes. The study was performed using quantitative cross-sectional survey design. A total of 282 prisoners who have been convicted of street crimes and drug-related offenses were selected as the respondents of the study. The study data were analysed descriptively. The findings show that majority of respondents in this study were aware that they were drug addicts (58.5%), needed money to buy drugs (51.7%), were actively involved in crime after using drugs (56%), committed crimes as their financial resources (53.9%), drugs influenced themselves to commit crimes (57.4%), used drugs before planning street crimes (55.3%), and did not commit street crimes without taking drugs beforehand (51%). The findings have implications for policy enforcement, prevention, crime and drug rehabilitation programs in Malaysia.

Keywords:

drug, street crime, drug rehabilitation program, prisoner

Paper Details
Month2
Year2020
Volume24
IssueIssue 4
Pages4508-4516