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Title: Returns to Prison in North Carolina, May 1985
Author(s): S H Clarke; L Crum
Corporate Author: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study analyzed existing data on the return to State prison of offenders released from North Carolina State prisons in fiscal 1979-80. The study determined how well recidivism could be predicted from the available data and which factors were associated with the likelihood and seriousness of recidivism.
Abstract: A total of 9,549 offenders were released from North Carolina prisons in fiscal 1979-80. Released offenders were traced in Department of Correction (DOC) records for 29 months after being released from prison to determine the total length of all new active sentences (if any) they received for new crimes within those 29 months. Multiple regression models were fitted to the data to identify which items were associated with recidivism and to determine how well recidivism could have been predicted. The models proved to be no better or worse in predicting recidivism than simply predicting that no released offender would return to prison. The statistical association of certain variables with recidivism was analyzed. These variables included demographic characteristics; previous offenses, sentences, and convictions; prison experience; and parole supervision. Specific findings are detailed.
Index Term(s): North Carolina; Recidivism; Recidivism prediction; Recidivism statistics; Recidivists
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