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Matching Treatment and Offender: North Carolina, 1980-1982

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Marsden, Mary Ellen
  • Orsagh, Thomas
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
arrests; correctional facilities; crime prevention; criminal justice system; inmates; United States
  • Abstract

    These data were gathered in order to evaluate the implications of rational choice theory for offender rehabilitation. The hypothesis of the research was that income-enhancing prison rehabilitation programs are most effective for the economically motivated offender. The offender was characterized by demographic and socio-economic characteristics, criminal history and behavior, and work activities during incarceration. Information was also collected on type of release and post-release recidivistic and labor market measures. Recividism was measured by arrests, convictions, and reincarcerations, length of time until first arrest after release, and seriousness of offense leading to reincarceration.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980 / 1982
    Time period: 1980--1982
  • 1981 / 1983
    Collection date: 1981--1983
Sampled Universe
Male inmates released from the North Carolina Prison System during the first six months of 1980.
Males who had been in prison at least six months, who had not been out of prison for significant periods of time during their recent incarcerations, and who had been released in North Carolina.
Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (81-IJ-CX-0061).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8515 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08515.v1
  • Orsagh, Thomas, Marsden, Mary Ellen. What works when: Rational-choice theory and offender rehabilitation. Journal of Criminal Justice.13, (3), 269-277.1985.
    • ID: 10.1016/0047-2352(85)90103-5 (DOI)
  • Orsagh, Thomas, Marsden, Mary Ellen. Rational Choice Theory and Offender Rehabilitation. NCJ 095316, Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, Department of Economics. 1984.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Marsden, Mary Ellen; Orsagh, Thomas (1986): Matching Treatment and Offender: North Carolina, 1980-1982. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.