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Title: Multi-State Offender: A Report Concerning State Prisoners Who Were Criminally Active in More Than One State
Author(s): T Orsagh
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 62
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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United States of America

Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the number and characteristics of offenders who were found to be active in more than one State in the 1980s.
Abstract: Based upon a follow-up of a sample of 108,580 prisoners discharged from State prisons in 11 States during 1983, substantial mobility was detected through the use of State and Federal fingerprint records of arrests and prosecutions. Overall, approximately 31 percent of the sampled offenders had arrests in different States during the period preceding their imprisonment or within 3 years following prison discharge in 1983. Approximately 13 percent of all offenders, who had acquired approximately 1.6 million arrest charges over their criminal careers, had been arrested in at least two States. More than one State had fingerprint records from the arrests of 44 percent of the white inmates and 28 percent of the black inmates before their imprisonment. After prison discharge in 1983, within 3 years approximately 14 percent of whites and 8 percent of blacks were rearrested in at least one other State. Hispanic prisoners, similar to black offenders, were found to be less mobile than non-Hispanics. The pervasiveness of multi-state arrests increased with age. Also, offenders with a high school diploma tended to have more arrests in multiple States than offenders without high school diplomas. Both prerelease and post-release mobility varied substantially across individual States. For most offense categories, prisoners with prior arrests in more than one State served longer prison terms than prisoners with arrests in a single State only. 21 tables
Main Term(s): Offender statistics
Index Term(s): Crime patterns; Criminal commuting; Geographic distribution of crime
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