Matching Treatment and Offender: North Carolina, 1980-1982 (ICPSR 8515)

Principal Investigator(s): Marsden, Mary Ellen; Orsagh, Thomas


These data were gathered in order to evaluate the implications of rational choice theory for offender rehabilitation. The hypothesis of the research was that income-enhancing prison rehabilitation programs are most effective for the economically motivated offender. The offender was characterized by demographic and socio-economic characteristics, criminal history and behavior, and work activities during incarceration. Information was also collected on type of release and post-release recidivistic and labor market measures. Recividism was measured by arrests, convictions, and reincarcerations, length of time until first arrest after release, and seriousness of offense leading to reincarceration.

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Study Description


Marsden, Mary Ellen, and Thomas Orsagh. MATCHING TREATMENT AND OFFENDER: NORTH CAROLINA, 1980-1982. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, Dept. of Economics [producer], 1983. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (81-IJ-CX-0061)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arrests, correctional facilities, crime prevention, criminal justice system, inmates, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1980--1982

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981--1983

Universe:    Male inmates released from the North Carolina Prison System during the first six months of 1980.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Males who had been in prison at least six months, who had not been out of prison for significant periods of time during their recent incarcerations, and who had been released in North Carolina.

Data Source:

official prison records, official law enforcement records, and official North Carolina Employment Security Commission records


Original ICPSR Release:   1986-08-18

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