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Title: Selecting Career Criminals for Priority Prosecution, 1984-86: Los Angeles County, California and Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Author(s): M R Chaiken
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 246
Sponsoring Agency: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Grant Number: 84-IJ-CX-0055
Publication Number: ICPSR 8980
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
United States of America
Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This codebook explains the variables, coding system, and research methodology used to gather a set of data designed to help develop offender classification criteria for use in selecting career criminals for priority prosecution.
Abstract: The sample included a randomly selected subset of all males prosecuted in Los Angeles County (Calif.) and Middlesex County (Mass.) for burglary, homicide, and robbery between 1984 and 1986. Data sources were official records, defendants' self-reports, and information from interviews and case review forms regarding prosecutors' discretionary judgments on sampled cases. The files gathered from official records contain information on current and past records of offenses committed, arrests, dispositions, sentences, parole and probation histories, substance abuse records, juvenile court appearances, criminal justice practitioners' assessments, and demographic characteristics. The data set also includes information on prosecutors' opinions on the seriousness of the defendant's case, subjective criteria used to decide suitability for prosecution, and other factors. The data set contains nine data files. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Offender classification
Index Term(s): California; Career criminal programs; Criminal career patterns; Data collections; Massachusetts; Research methods
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