Cover: Survey of Prison and Jail Inmates

Survey of Prison and Jail Inmates

Background and Method

Published 1982

by Mark A. Peterson, Jan M. Chaiken, Patricia A. Ebener, Paul K. Honig


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This Note describes the objectives and methodology of the Second Inmate Survey, which collected detailed information from criminal offenders about their crimes and criminal careers. The Note provides detailed background information for readers of the other publications prepared under RAND's Research Agreements Program studying criminal careers. In addition, it is designed to aid researchers at RAND and elsewhere who will use data from the Survey to study criminals, criminal behavior, and criminal careers or who wish to collect similar data.

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