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THE RECID DATA SET: ARREST TIMES FOR RELEASED PRISONERS

THE RECID DATA SET: ARREST TIMES FOR RELEASED PRISONERS

The RECID data set contains information about 432 inmates who were released from Maryland state prisons in the early 1970s. This data set is used in Chapters 3, 4, and 5. The first 20 cases are listed in Output 3.10. The data were kindly provided to me by Dr. Kenneth Lenihan who was one of the principal investigators. The aim of this research was to determine the efficacy of financial aid to released inmates as a means of reducing recidivism. Results from the study are described in Rossi, Berk, and Lenihan (1980). (This book also reports results from a much larger follow-up study done in Texas and Georgia.) Half the inmates were randomly assigned to receive financial aid (approximately the same amount as unemployment compensation). They were followed for 1 year after their release and were interviewed monthly during that period. Data on arrests were taken from police and court records. The data set used here contains the following variables:


WEEK

is the week of first arrest; WEEK has a value of 52 if not arrested.


ARREST

has a value of 1 if arrested; otherwise, ARREST has a value of 0.


FIN

has a value of 1 if the inmate received financial aid after release; otherwise, FIN has a value of 0. FIN is randomly assigned, with equal numbers in each category.


AGE

is the age in years at the time of release.


RACE

has a value of 1 if the inmate is black; otherwise, RACE has a value of 0.


WEXP

has a value of 1 if the inmate had full-time work experience before incarceration; otherwise, WEXP has a value of 0.


MAR

has a value of 1 if the inmate was married at the time of release; otherwise, MAR has a value of 0.


PARO

has a value of 1 if released on parole; otherwise, PARO has a value of 0.


PRIO

is the number of convictions before the current incarceration.


EDUC

is the highest level of completed schooling, coded as

2 = 6th grade or less

3 = 7th to 9th grade

4 = 10th to 11th grade

5 = 12th grade

6 = some college


EMP1–EMP52

represents the employment status in each of the first 52 weeks after release. These variables have values of 1 if the inmate was employed full time; otherwise, EMP1-EMP52 have values of 0. Data are missing for weeks after the first arrest.


  

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