Intensive Supervision Program in New Jersey, 1983-1986 (ICPSR 9291)

Principal Investigator(s): Pearson, Frank S.


These data evaluate the New Jersey Intensive Supervision Program (ISP), a program implemented by the New Jersey Department of Corrections in 1983-1986. The central premise of ISP is that certain felony offenders sentenced to prison can be resentenced to a program of intensive supervision in which they are successfully supervised in the community. The data collection evaluates the impact of ISP on recidivism rates, prison space availability, and cost effectiveness and also assesses the opinions of criminal justice professionals toward the program. In the first file data collected on four types of sentenced felons include education, psychological condition, financial status, substance abuse, prior and follow-up criminal records, earning and payment records, sentence and correctional histories, and case characteristics including sentences, offenses, and other dispositions. The second file presents data on type of criminal justice professional interviewed, opinion scale scores on aspects of ISP, and suggestions for ISP.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Felons - Download All Files (4.877 MB)
DS2:  Survey - Download All Files (3.937 MB)

Study Description


Pearson, Frank S. INTENSIVE SUPERVISION PROGRAM IN NEW JERSEY, 1983-1986. New Brunswick, NJ: Institute for Criminological Research [producer], 1987. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990.

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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-K027)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alternatives to institutionalization, community service programs, correctional facilities, felons, offender profiles, program evaluation, recidivism rates, sentencing

Geographic Coverage:    New Jersey, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1983--1986

Date of Collection:   

  • 1984--1986

Universe:    All sentenced felons in New Jersey from 1983 to 1985, and criminal justice professionals in New Jersey.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data, and survey data, experimental data


Sample:    A computer program for random sampling was used to select both ISP experimental groups and members of the comparison/control group. A purposive sampling of criminal justice professionals was used to select persons who had knowledge of the ISP program.

Data Source:

records of New Jersey Probation Offices, Department of Corrections, and Department of System and Communication, and personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-03-02

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB9291.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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