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NCJ Number: 98927 Find in a Library
Title: Profile of Colorado's Prisoners - Custody Needs and Public Risk
Author(s): M Mande; T K Martin
Corporate Author: Prison Overcrowding Project
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
New York, NY 10177
National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534
Prison Overcrowding Project
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This 1982 survey of Colorado prison inmates profiled them to ascertain whether some could be placed in alternative to ascertain whether some could be placed in alternative correctional programs without increased risk to the public; the study also examined aggregate custody needs to make a preliminary estimate of required prison capacity by custody level.
Abstract: The Rand Incapacitation Scale, the Michigan Assault Scale, and the Michigan Property Scale were used to assess inmates' risk to the public. Results indicate that up to 20 percent of the current average daily inmate population are low risk and are likely candidates for placement in alternative correctional programs at no increased risk to the public. The initial classification scale developed by the National Institute of Corrections and the Federal classification scale were used to assess the aggregate custody needs of the prison population. The data indicate that a substantial proportion (perhaps as much as 60 percent) of the current inmate population could be reclassified into lower custody levels. Based on this analysis, several policy options are suggested for allevating Colorado's prison overcrowding while minimizing the need for new prison construction or renovation. Tabular data are provided; study instruments are attached.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Colorado; Dangerousness; Inmate classification; Offender profiles; Prison overcrowding; Sentencing reform
Note: Working Papers, number 14.
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