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Effects of Prison Versus Probation in California, 1980-1982

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
Creator
  • Petersilia, Joan (RAND Corporation)
  • Turner, Susan (RAND Corporation)
  • Peterson, Joyce (RAND Corporation)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1988-01-06
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
arrests; correctional facilities; crime; criminal justice system; government performance; inmates; probation; sentencing; social accounts; social expenditures
Description
  • Abstract

    This study was divided into two phases. The first assessed the effects of different sanctions on separate criminal populations, focusing on probation as a sentencing alternative for felons. The second phase used a quasi-experimental design to address how imprisonment affects criminal behavior when criminals are released. Specific issues included: (a) the effect that imprisonment (vs. probation) and length of time served have on recidivism, (b) the amount of crime prevented by imprisoning offenders rather than placing them on probation, and (c) costs to the system for achieving that reduction in crime.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Statewide Database
    • DS2: Probationer Sample
    • DS3: Prison Sample
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980 / 1982
    Time period: 1980--1982
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Convicted offenders in California.
Sampling
The Statewide file covers convictions in the 17 largest counties in California. The Prisoner and Probationer files cover Los Angeles and Alameda counties.
Note
2006-01-18 File CB8700.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.2001-10-22 The codebook for this study has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF). Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (83-IJ-CX-0002).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8700 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Clear, Todd R., White, Matthew, Presnell, Kristen. The offender in the community: Implications of the experience in the United States for the new Czech Republic. Crime, Law and Social Change.28, (3/4), 243-268.1997.
    • ID: 10.1023/A:1008281416069 (DOI)
  • Petersilia, Joan. Probation in the United States. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1997.
  • Petersilia, Joan, Turner, Susan. Guideline-based justice: Prediction and racial minorities. Prediction and Classification: Criminal Justice Decision Making. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1987.
  • Fichter, Michael, Hirschburg, Peter, McGaha, Johnny. Felony Probation: A Comparative Analysis of Public Risk in Two States. Cape Girardeaut, MO: Southeast Missouri State University. 1986.
  • Petersilia, Joan, Turner, Susan, Peterson, Joyce. Prison Versus Probation in California: Implications for Crime and Offender Recidivism. NCJ 102320, Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. 1986.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/102320NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Petersilia, J.. Probation and Felony Offenders. Research in Brief.Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice. 1985.
  • Petersilia, Joan, Turner, Susan, Kahan, James, Peterson, Joyce. Executive summary of Rand's study, 'Granting Felons Probation: Public Risks and Alternatives'. Crime and Delinquency.31, (3), 379-392.1985.
    • ID: 10.1177/0011128785031003004 (DOI)
  • Petersilia, Joan, Turner, Susan, Kahan, James, Peterson, Joyce. Granting Felons Probation: Public Risks and Alternatives. NCJ 96669, Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. 1985.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/96669NCJRS.pdf (URL)

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

Petersilia, Joan; Turner, Susan; Peterson, Joyce (1988): Effects of Prison Versus Probation in California, 1980-1982. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08700.v1