Probation and Parole Officers' Outlook on the Proposed GPS Toolkit: Focus Groups on the Potential of Proposed Tools for TRACKS in Oklahoma, 2011 (ICPSR 35354)

Alternate Title:   ODOC GPS Monitoring System Probation and Parole Officer Survey

Principal Investigator(s): Yuan, May, University of Texas-Dallas; Keesee, Marguerite, University of Oklahoma

Summary:

These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they were received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except for the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompanying readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collection and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed.

The purpose of the Probation/Parole Officer's (PPO) portion of the study was designed to capture work experiences, caseload, and several important issues related to information systems assimilation (i.e., work environment, caseload, technical support, system reliability and consistency, perceived usefulness of information and system, perceived ease of use, attitude toward the current GPS system and the program, intention to use, actual use, access to system, flexibility of the system to adapt to user needs, integration of information into other agency processes, quality of output, comprehensiveness of information provided, format of the system display and output provided, timeliness of obtaining the information, speed of system operation, overall satisfaction with monitoring system, training provided, value added to the officers efforts by the monitoring system, and ease of learning to use the system).

The single data file (PPO_survey_data_9182014.sav) contains 102 variables and 55 cases.

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  • These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they were received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except for the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompanying readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collection and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed.

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Yuan, May, and Marguerite Keesee. Probation and Parole Officers' Outlook on the Proposed GPS Toolkit: Focus Groups on the Potential of Proposed Tools for TRACKS in Oklahoma, 2011. ICPSR35354-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-06-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35354.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35354.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (2010-DE-BX-K005)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    case load, case management, computers, criminal justice system, focus groups, GPS monitoring, parole officers, probation officers

Geographic Coverage:    Oklahoma

Time Period:   

  • 2011-02--2011-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 2011-02--2011-06

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Probation and parole officers in the state of Oklahoma.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they were received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except for the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompanying readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collection and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed.

This study was conducted in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC).

A total of 9 focus groups were conducted with probation and parole officers (PPO). These groups were intended to determine how officers felt about the GPS monitoring tracking system. This qualitative data is not part of the NACJD Fast Track Release program.

Other qualitative data collected, but not a part of this current release, include data on 38 PPOs who were shadowed on their jobs and other PPOs who tested the toolkit.

Methodology

Study Purpose:    The aim of this study sought to assess and improve the effectiveness of supervision of offenders through monitoring offenders through location based tracking tools. TRACKS is an information system designed to manage the data and provide analysis options for the massive amount of data that is able to be collected through location based monitoring technology.

Sample:    The cases that appear in this study were from a convenient sample of Oklahoma Probation and Parole Officers.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    There are no weight variables present in the data file.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, web-based survey

Description of Variables:   

Of the 102 total variables present in the data file 95 of them ask for the probation/parole officer's level of agreement with their attitudes and experiences using the ProTech GPS monitoring system. All but two of these variables utilize a 7 point Likert response scale.

The data file contains two demographic variables about the officer - gender and age.

Response Rates:    50.4 percent

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.

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Original ICPSR Release:   2017-06-30

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