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Evaluation of a Repeat Offender Unit in Phoenix, Arizona, 1987-1989

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
Creator
  • Petersilia, Joan
  • Abrahamse, Allan F.
  • Ebener, Patricia A.
  • Greenwood, Peter W.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1992-10-31
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
criminal justice programs; criminality prediction; police; program evaluation; prosecuting attorneys; recidivists
Description
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of a Repeat Offender Unit in Phoenix. Repeat Offender Programs are police-initiated procedures for patrolling and apprehending likely offenders in communities. These units typically rely on the cooperation of police and prosecutors who work together to identify, convict, and incarcerate individuals who are judged likely to commit crimes, especially serious crimes, at high rates. For this study, previous offenders were assigned either to a control or an experimental group. If an individual assigned to the experimental group was later arrested, the case received special attention by the Repeat Offender Program. Staff of the Repeat Offender Program worked closely with the county attorney's office to thoroughly document the case and to obtain victim and witness cooperation. If the individual was in the control group and was later arrested, no additional action was taken by the Program staff. Variables include assignment to the experimental or control group, jail status, probation and parole status, custody status, number of felony arrests, type of case, bond amount, number of counts against the individual, type of counts against the individual, number of prior convictions, arresting agency, case outcome, type of incarceration imposed, and length of incarceration imposed.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987 / 1989
    Time period: 1987--1989
  • 1987 / 1989
    Collection date: 1987--1989
Geographic Coverage
  • Arizona
  • Phoenix
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All offenders processed by the Maricopa County Court in 1987.
Sampling
Computerized random sample with individuals assigned to either a control or an experimental group but with one exception: If an individual assigned to one group was found to be "connected" to an individual in the other group, the assignment of the cases was changed so that the "connected" individuals were in the same group.
Note
Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (87-IJ-CX-0056).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9793 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Abrahamse, Allan F., Ebener, Patricia A., Greenwood, Peter W.. An Experimental Evaluation of the Phoenix Repeat Offender Program, Final Report. NCJ 134379, Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice. 1991.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/134379NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Abrahamse, Allan F., Ebener, Patricia A., Greenwood, Peter W., Fitzgerald, Nora, Kosin, Thomas E.. An Experimental Evaluation of the Phoenix Repeat Offender Program. Justice Quarterly.8, (2), 141-168.1991.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418829100090971 (DOI)
  • Fairchild, Erika S.. Uses of research: Politics, academics and the police in the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany. Criminal Justice Review.15, 5-21.1990.
    • ID: 10.1177/073401689001500103 (DOI)
  • Johnson, Bruce D., Williams, Terry, Dei, Kojo, Sanabria, Harry. Drug Abuse in the Inner City: Impact on Hard Drug Users and the Community. NCJ 126103, . 1989.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/126103NCJRS.pdf (URL)

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

Petersilia, Joan; Abrahamse, Allan F.; Ebener, Patricia A.; Greenwood, Peter W. (1992): Evaluation of a Repeat Offender Unit in Phoenix, Arizona, 1987-1989. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09793.v1