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NCJ Number: 148424 Find in a Library
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:36  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1994)  Pages:137-147
Author(s): G Andre; K Pease
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article describes a method for using prison population estimates, provided by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), for the purposes of assessing sentencing policy, monitoring population movements for the evaluation of programs, or comparing provincial inmate populations.
Abstract: The formula used here to calculate basic approximations of institutional populations over a given time period involves three components, namely population, receptions, and effective sentence length. In the equation, receptions multiplied by effective sentence length will yield the prison population estimate. This calculation could be used, for example, to figure the effect of reducing the prison population either by incarcerating fewer offenders or by locking up the same number of people for shorter periods of time. In many cases, the simple arithmetic illustrated in this article cannot replace, but could complement, more sophisticated approaches to prison management. 6 figures, 1 table, 2 notes, and 12 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Canada; Foreign correctional systems; Prison population prediction; Statistics
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