Pretrial Home Detention with Electronic Monitoring: An Evaluation in Marion County, Indiana, 1988-1989 (ICPSR 9734)

Principal Investigator(s): Maxfield, Michael G.; Baumer, Terry L.


For this data collection a pretrial home detention program in Marion County, Indiana, that relied on electronic monitoring of clients was subjected to a nonexperimental evaluation. The data address whether the pretrial electronic monitoring program was effective in ensuring that clients appeared at their court hearings, whether the pretrial electronic monitoring program was effective in ensuring public safety, and the extent to which field contact officers experienced difficulties in attempting to contact clients. To gauge the success of the program, investigators compared the number of successful terminations (i.e., home detention followed by a court appearance) to the number of unsuccessful terminations (technical violations and absconding). Each client in the pretrial program was fitted with a coded wristlet that matched a base unit receptacle. A successful contact between the coded wristlet and the base unit verified the client's presence. Defendants on home detention were monitored by a field contact officer. Variables in this collection include charged offense, prior criminal history, living arrangements, employment status, number of telephone calls, summary of program violations, reason for program termination, program entry and termination dates, and disposition after program release. The unit of observation is the individual program client.

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Maxfield, Michael G., and Terry L. Baumer. Pretrial Home Detention with Electronic Monitoring: An Evaluation in Marion County, Indiana, 1988-1989. ICPSR09734-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (89-IJ-CX-0025)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    criminal histories, electronic monitoring, house arrest, pretrial detention, program evaluation

Geographic Coverage:    Indiana, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988--1989

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-07--1989-07

Universe:    All nonviolent offenders in Marion County, Indiana, during 1988-1989.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data


Data Source:

Marion County Justice Agency intake documents, criminal history records, field and telephone court logs, court disposition and sentencing records, and interviews with program staff, judges, and prosecutors

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:

  • Standardized missing values.


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-03-04

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