Effectiveness of Client Specific Planning as an Alternative Sentence, 1981-1982: Washington, DC, and Fairfax, Montgomery, and Prince George Counties (ICPSR 8943)

Principal Investigator(s): Clements, William H.


This data collection was designed to evaluate the Client Specific Planning (CSP) program of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA). The CSP program offers non-incarcerative sentencing options and alternatives prepared for judges and presented by an NCIA caseworker. The study measures the impact of the program on sentence length, sentence severity, the effectiveness of the program at diverting serious felony offenders from incarceration, and the rate, type, seriousness, and timing of recidivism in a 24-month post-sentence risk period. Variables are provided for each defendant on demographic characteristics, criminal history, prior counseling experiences, prior incarceration, charges and dispositions of the recidivist arrests, and types of sentencing alternatives recommended in CSP.

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Study Description


Clements, William H. EFFECTIVENESS OF CLIENT SPECIFIC PLANNING AS AN ALTERNATIVE SENTENCE, 1981-1982: WASHINGTON, DC, AND FAIRFAX, MONTGOMERY, AND PRINCE GEORGE COUNTIES. Newark, DE: William H. Clements [producer], 1987. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08943.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08943.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (85-IJ-CX-0047)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alternatives to institutionalization, criminal histories, demographic characteristics, felony offenses, judges, offenders, program evaluation, recidivism, sentencing

Geographic Coverage:    District of Columbia, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981-10-01--1982-09-30

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985--1986

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data


Data Source:

official court and police records


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-01-10

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