RAND Research on Criminal Careers

Progress to Date

by Peter W. Greenwood


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A description of recent RAND studies designed to provide new insights and data concerning adult criminals who engage in serious predatory or violent crimes over extended periods of time. The principal RAND studies from which these preliminary findings are drawn include: (1) a study of criminal careers involving interviews with 49 prison inmates; (2) a survey of 624 California prison inmates concerning their activities prior to their current confinement; (3) an analysis of felony arrest dispositions in four Southern California counties; and (4) an analysis of the incapacitation effects that would result from various mandatory sentencing schemes.

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