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NCJ Number: 82307 Find in a Library
Title: Variations in Imprisonment Rates in Mississippi - Addendum
Author(s): J Himelstein
Corporate Author: Mississippi Prisoners Defense Cmtte
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Mississippi Prisoners Defense Cmtte
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
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: This addendum to a study that documents variations in imprisonment rates between Mississippi counties and court districts examines the relationship between degree of urbanization and variations in imprisonment rates.
Abstract: Regression analysis showed that when the percentage of urban population is considered alone, it statistically accounts for a moderate 16.9 percent of the variation in imprisonment rates (significant at .0001). When the urban percentage is considered in combination with the crime rate for 57 counties, it disappears from the regression equation. This means that for these counties, the crime rate is a more powerful variable than the urban percentage. It further indicates a strong relationship between crime rate and urbanization. Thus, the urban percentage affects the crime rate, but the crime rate has a more direct causal effect on the imprisonment rate. Tabular data and one footnote are provided. For the main report, see NCJ 82306.
Index Term(s): Incarceration; Mississippi; Urbanization
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