Is there a connectionÂ betweenÂ where you live and yourÂ likelihood of getting arrestedÂ for weedÂ in Houston? A map from January Advisor’s (and Sketch City‘s) Jeff Reichman adds a fewÂ data points to that conversation this afternoon, though heÂ doesn’tÂ appear toÂ pushÂ any specific conclusions in his how, what, and whyÂ writeup. Reichman gatheredÂ data on the folksÂ thatÂ Harris County’s public jailÂ records system says were arrested over the first half of this year forÂ minor marijuana possession offenses (instead of just being given a citation for the same offense). The red dots on the interactive map show the arrestees’Â home addresses (scootched around a bitÂ to somewhere within the dot’sÂ 300-meter radius, for the sake of anonymity).
The otherÂ data layerÂ (in shades of blue) showsÂ census blocksÂ with median income over $80,000 (marking roughly the start ofÂ what the US census measures as the top quarter of household earnings in the US, Reichman notes). The blue areas, which get darker as income gets higher,Â appearÂ relatively arrest-free, though a 2012 studyÂ from theÂ NIH suggest that more frequentÂ weed use may be linked to higher socioeconomic status.
- Mapping Low Level Marijuana ArrestsÂ [January Advisors]
- Previously on Swamplot:Â Friendly Local Bot Now Continuously Tweeting About Houston’s Elevated Air Toxin Levels;Â Where the Tickets are Thickest and Other Parking Violation Fun;Â Where Houston’s Trump and Sanders Supporters Are Clustered
Map: Jeff Reichman