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NCJ Number: 68576 Find in a Library
Title: MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT - MISSISSIPPI AVERAGE RECIDIVISM RATES - FIVE COHORTS
Author(s): S K C MARTIN
Corporate Author: Mississippi Dept of Corrections
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Mississippi Dept of Corrections
Jackson, MS 39202
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RECIDIVISM IN MISSISSIPI IS ANALYZED ON THE BASIS OF A PRECISE DEFINITION OF WHAT THE CONCEPT OF RECIDIVISM INVOLVES AND A REVIEW OF THE METHODOLOGY USED FOR DETERMINING ITS RATES IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI.
Abstract: THIS BRIEF STUDY, PREPARED BY THE SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT SECTION OF THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, ADDRESSES THE PROBLEM OF LACK OF UNIFORMITY AMONG THE STATES IN DEFINING RECIDIVISM OR IN DETERMINING ITS RATES, A FACTOR WHICH HINDERS COMPARATIVE PROGRAMATIC EVALUATION OF THE PHENOMENON AND MAKES NATIONWIDE STATISTICAL ANALYSES IMPOSSIBLE. SPECIFICALLY INTENDED FOR USE BY THE NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFERENCE SERVICE, THIS DOCUMENT'S STATED OBJECTIVES ARE TO GIVE THE MISSISSIPPI DEFINITION OF RECIDIVISM AND THE REASONS WHY IT WAS ADOPTED; TO REVIEW THE METHODOLOGY FOR DETERMINING RECIDIVISM RATES; AND TO PRESENT CURRENT RESULTS. THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN A RATIO AND A RATE IS EXPLAINED, AS WELL AS THE CONCEPT OF THE FIVE TRACKED COHORTS (AT 3 MONTHS, 6 MONTHS, 1 YEAR, 2 YEAR, AND 3 YEAR INTERVALS), WHICH CAN BE AVERAGED TOGETHER TO GIVE A MORE ACCURATE PICTURE OF THE ACTUAL RECIDIVISM RATE. A TABLE OF RECIDIVISM RATES IS APPENDED.
Index Term(s): Analysis; Mississippi; Recidivism; Systems analysis
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