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Alternative Probation Strategies in Baltimore, Maryland

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, survey data
Creator
  • Collins, James J.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1985-03-18
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
alternatives to institutionalization; community service programs; cost effectiveness; criminal justice system; inmate release plans; offenders; postrelease programs; probation services; probationers; program evaluation; recidivism; sentencing
Description
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to assess the relative cost-effectiveness of supervised probation, unsupervised probation, and community service. Data were collected from several sources: input-intake forms used by the State of Maryland, probation officers' case record files, Maryland state police rap sheets, FBI sources, and interviews with Maryland probationers. Non-violent, less serious offenders who normally received probation sentences of 12 months or less were offered randomly selected assignments to one of three treatment methods over a five-month period. Baseline data for probationers in each of the three samples were drawn from an intake form that was routinely completed for cases. An interim assessment of recidivism was made at the midpoint of the intervention for each probationer using information drawn from police records. Probationers were interviewed six and twelve months after probation ended. Demographic information on the probationers includes sex, race, age, birthplace, marital status, employment status, and education.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Intake File
    • DS2: Case Record File
    • DS3: Summary of Offenses File
    • DS4: Offense File
    • DS5: Round 1, First Interview
    • DS6: Round 2, Second Interview for Round 1
    • DS7: Round 3, First Interview
    • DS8: Round 4, Second Interview for Round 3
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1981
Geographic Coverage
  • Baltimore
  • Maryland
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Non-violent criminal offenders who committed less serious crimes in Maryland.
Collection Mode
  • Data for two interviews with each of the 371 probationers are contained in Parts 5-8.

    For Parts 5-8, the number of records per case varies, with each part having at least five records per case.

    Produced by the Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC, 1981.

Note
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 9 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 9 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (81-IJ-CX-0005).
Availability
Delivery
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (help@icpsr.umich.edu).
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8355 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08355.v1
Publications
  • Collins, James J., Usher, Charles L., Williams, Jay R.. Research on Alternative Probation Strategies in Maryland, Final Report. NCJ 121797, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1984.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/121797NCJRS.pdf (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Collins, James J. (1985): Alternative Probation Strategies in Baltimore, Maryland. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08355