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“Glenn D. Walter's short book Drugs and Crime in Lifestyle Perspective is another gem; it works purposefully with the complexity and diversity of the drugs-crime linkages and connections insisting that traditional ways of researching and intervening with those caught up in deviant lifestyles where drugs and crime are endemic, are unproductive. This is a book for ‘thinking’ practitioners and those concerned with creating local multiagency policy or working with drug users and offenders selling or using drugs. It offers no easy assessments or solutions but is the more productive for that.” – Howard Parker in British Journal of


Conditions are features of the Person, Situation, or Person × Situation interaction that influence the probability of a future or concurrent behavioral outcome or event. In reviewing traditional models of drug abuse and crime, it becomes clear that conditions serve as the foundation for most such theories. Though undoubtedly not something to be ignored, conditions are but one feature of the equation employed by lifestyle theory to elucidate drug abuse, crime, and the drug-crime connection. The reader should also be aware that there are two general categories of conditional influence: historical-developmental conditions, which serve to increase or decrease a person's future risk of drug or criminal involvement, and current-contextual conditions, which influence the probability of a concurrent drug use or criminal event. Below, I ...

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