AARIN Questionnaires

The following provides a brief overview of the core AARIN interview instrument and several of the supplementary addenda instruments.

Core Survey Instrument

The survey instrument used in all five facilities is standardized and consists of nine different sections. The survey begins with a set of questions about the arrestees' past and current drug use, drug dependency, and the drug treatment or detox that they received. These questions are followed by a series of questions that ask about the arrestees' criminal history including the number of times they were arrested and the number of times they spent time in jail or prison within the past 12 months.

Next, questions about the arrestees' firearm possession, how they acquired these weapons and whether or not they have ever been involved with gangs are asked, followed by a series of questions about the arrestees' victimization experiences and their current and past mental health status.

Next, questions regarding the arrestees' current immigration status are asked followed up by a series of questions regarding the arrestees' demographic characteristics, including race/ethnicity employment status, and level of education. The final stage of the interview process is the collection of a urine specimen.

Co-Occurring Disorder Supplement

Beginning in the second quarter of 2007 data collection and continuing through the end of fourth quarter 2007, the AARIN survey instrument expanded to include a Co-Occurring Disorder Supplement addendum.

This addendum asked more specific and detailed questions about the arrestees' mental health status than the core survey instrument. The purpose of including the Co-Occurring Disorder Supplement was to highlight the relationship between the arrestees' drug use, treatment, and current mental health status.

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Methamphetamine Supplement

Beginning in the first quarter of 2008 data collection and continuing through the end of fourth quarter 2008, the AARIN survey instrument expanded to include a Methamphetamine Supplement addendum. This addendum asks more specific and detailed questions about the arrestees' experience with methamphetamine than the current survey instrument. Respondents who had reported methamphetamine use in the past 30 days were asked the supplemental questions, which focused on detailed use patterns, the acquisition of the drug, and their possible involvement with the sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The purpose of including the Methamphetamine Supplement was to gain more detailed insight into the use, acquisition, sale, and manufacturing of methamphetamine than available in the core interview instrument.

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Drug Market Supplement

Beginning in the first quarter of 2008 data collection and continuing through the end of fourth quarter 2008, the AARIN survey instrument expanded to include a Drug Market Supplement addendum. This addendum asks more specific and detailed questions about the arrestees' drug acquisition methods than the core survey instrument. Respondents who had reported drug (powder or crack cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, or heroin) use in the past 30 days were asked the supplemental questions, which focused on their acquisition of the drug(s).

The purpose of including the Drug Market Supplement was to gain more detailed insight into how respondents get their drugs, either through purchase or non-cash means, specifically the price, volume, frequency, and place characteristics of those acquisitions.

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Veteran Supplement

Beginning in the first quarter of 2009 data collection, the AARIN survey instrument expanded to include a Veteran addendum. This addendum asks respondents whether they are a U.S. military veteran, and if so the branch, length, and period of their service. Additionally, respondents are asked about physical injuries they possibly suffered, whether they have experienced mental health or substance abuse problems since their service, and whether they have received treatment for those problems.

The purpose of including the Veteran Supplement is to gain more detailed insight into the scope of recent military veterans involved in the criminal justice system in Maricopa County, in order to provide guidance to policy makers and criminal justice system professionals in handling this special population and the possible creation of a Veteran’s Specialty Court in Maricopa County.

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Gang Supplement

Beginning in the first quarter of 2009 data collection, the AARIN survey instrument expanded to include a Gang addendum. This addendum asks respondents about gang-related problems in their neighborhoods, their potential gang-related victimizations, and whether they are a current or former gang member, or have friends who are gang members. For those respondents with any history of gang affiliation, the Gang addendum includes detailed questions about the size and organizational characteristics of their (or their friends’) gang, the criminal involvement of gang members, and questions assessing the respondents’ gang cohesion.

The purpose of including the Gang Supplement is to gain more detailed insight into the scope of gang involved arrestees and detainees, and the nature of the gangs in Maricopa County.

Future Supplements

As data collection continues through 2009 and into subsequent years, additional special topic addenda may be implemented to provide detailed examination of a wide variety of criminal justice related issues. Several addenda have already been developed and have received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for use with the AARIN research platform.

Existing supplements include:

  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Court Processes
  • Criminal Involvement
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Lifestyle and Treatment
  • Drug Market
  • Firearms
  • Foster Care
  • Gambling
  • Gangs
  • Health and Relationships
  • HIV
  • Mental Health History
  • Methamphetamine
  • Other Drug Use
  • Police Legitimacy
  • Recidivism
  • Syringe Drug Use
  • Tobacco Use