Principal Investigator(s): Petersilia, Joan, RAND Corporation; Turner, Susan, RAND Corporation; Peterson, Joyce, RAND Corporation
This study was divided into two phases. The first assessed the effects of different sanctions on separate criminal populations, focusing on probation as a sentencing alternative for felons. The second phase used a quasi-experimental design to address how imprisonment affects criminal behavior when criminals are released. Specific issues included: (a) the effect that imprisonment (vs. probation) and length of time served have on recidivism, (b) the amount of crime prevented by imprisoning offenders rather than placing them on probation, and (c) costs to the system for achieving that reduction in crime.
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Petersilia, Joan, Susan Turner, and Joyce Peterson. Effects of Prison Versus Probation in California, 1980-1982. ICPSR08700-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. doi:10.3886/ICPSR08700.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08700.v1
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (83-IJ-CX-0002)
Scope of Study
Universe: Convicted offenders in California.
Data Types: aggregate data
Sample: The Statewide file covers convictions in the 17 largest counties in California. The Prisoner and Probationer files cover Los Angeles and Alameda counties.
official records of the California Youth and Corrections Agency
Original ICPSR Release: 1988-01-06
- 2006-01-18 File CB8700.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
- 2001-10-22 The codebook for this study has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF).
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