Drug use and criminal activity among rural probationers with dui histories

J. Matthew Webster, Carrie B. Oser, Allison Mateyoke-Scrivner, Virginia Depp Cline, Jennifer R. Havens, Carl G. Leukefeld

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The present study examined whether ever being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) was associated with higher levels of substance use and criminal activity in a sample of 800 probationers. Lifetime and 30-day histories of substance use and criminal activity were compared across three groups of probationers from rural Kentucky: those with a single DUI arrest, those with two or more DUI arrests, and those with no DUI arrests. A larger percentage of probationers with a DUI arrest reported lifetime and 30-day substance use than non-DUI offenders in almost all drug and alcohol categories. Higher prevalence of criminal activity was limited primarily to the multiple DUI arrest group. Findings add to the literature on rural substance abusers and indicate that DUI may be used as a marker to help identify opportunities for targeted substance abuse interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-730
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Criminal activity
  • DUI
  • Driving under the influence
  • Drug use
  • Probationers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology


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