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NCJ Number: 99713 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Marin County Jail Alternatives Study - Final Report
Author(s): J Austin; B Krisberg; S Meinicoe
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 80
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Language: English
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Annotation: A study of ways to deal with overcrowding in the jail and honor farm facilities in Marin County, Calif., focused on two populations: pretrial felons held for more than 72 hours and offenders sentenced for driving under the influence.
Abstract: Initiated in 1985, the study examined existing data and gathered additional information on 50 felony offenders and 60 driving-under-the-influence cases. Data were also gathered through structured interviews with policymakers and program managers. The current population projections for both the jail and honor farm were found to be inaccurate, due to the inappropriate use of demographic and inmate data. Defendants with warrants and holds and those unable to secure commercial bail or release on recognizance constituted the two main pretrial groups that increased the jail population. Increases in the use of jail sentences and in the length of sentences for drunk driving have strongly affected the honor farm population. Alternatives that would reduce these populations would be a supervised pretrial release program and a treatment and sentence modification program for drunk drivers. A more sophisticated projection model is also needed for predicting inmate populations. Included are data tables and appendixes presenting a list of the individuals interviewed and a description of the projection model.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; California; Drunk driver programs; Jails; Pretrial release; Prison overcrowding
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