If an individual or family lacks stable shelter
and housing, it is more difficult to focus on things like sobriety and
noncriminal activity. In addition, communities with high rates of mobility
(families moving frequently from home to home) appear to be linked to an
increased risk of drug use and crime.
The jail population consisted of inmates who scored ≥4 on the Simple Screening Instrument, which indicated moderate to high risk for alcohol or drug abuse. The privacy restrictions approved by the National Center for State Court’s Institutional Review Board were followed. Limited demographics were collected to ensure anonymity. The jail sample was primarily male (71%) and the age distribution was 18-24 (22%), 25-34 (40%), 35-44 (24%), 45-54 (10%), and 55 years or older (4%).