Peterson, Mark A.;
Chaiken, Jan Michael
This survey of inmates in five California prisons was
conducted by the RAND Corporation with a grant from the National
Institute of Justice. Researchers distributed an anonymous
self-administered questionnaire to groups of 10-20 inmates at a time.
Using the self-report technique, the survey obtained detailed
information about the crimes committed by these prisoners prior to
their incarceration. Variables were calculated to examine the
characteristics of repeatedly arrested or convicted offenders
(recidivists) as well as offenders reporting the greatest number of
serious crimes (habitual criminals). The variables include crimes
committed leading to incarceration, rates of criminal activity, and
social-psychological scales for analyzing motivations to commit crimes,
as well as self-reports of age, race, education, marital status,
employment, income, and drug use.
Peterson, Mark A., Suzanne Polich, and Jan Michael Chaiken. Survey of California Prison Inmates, 1976. ICPSR07797-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07797.v2
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07797.v2
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This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (83-IJ-CX-0006)
Scope of Study
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