skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 120129 Find in a Library
Title: Use of Jail Confinement in the Disposition of Felony Arrests
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:17  Issue:4  Dated:(1989)  Pages:241-251
Author(s): B R McCarthy
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Although jail confinement is the disposition most frequently employed to incarcerate convicted offenders, research on the use of punishment in the United States consistently has focused on rates of imprisonment in State correctional facilities and ignored the use of jails.
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the use of jails in the sentencing process, the factors that influence their use, and the relationship between jail and prison utilization. Offender Based Tracking System data and census data were employed in this intrastate study of all counties of California and Minnesota. Findings indicated that the average county in the jurisdictions examined used jails at least five times as frequently as prisons to dispose of felony arrests. The use of jails was a function not only of the volume of crime but the type of crime in the community. Rates of jail utilization and prison utilization were highly correlated; jurisdictional variation was more apparent in the use of jail confinement and probation. 4 tables, 37 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Adult felony system; Jails
Index Term(s): California; Correctional institutions (adult); Minnesota
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.