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Conducting Research in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings$
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Michael G. Vaughn, Carrie Pettus-Davis, and Jeffrey J. Shook

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199782857

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782857.001.0001

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Administrative Data on Adults

Administrative Data on Adults

(p.113) 6 Administrative Data on Adults
Conducting Research in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings

Michael G. Vaughn

Carrie Pettus-Davis

Jeffrey J. Shook

Oxford University Press

Administrative data offer unique opportunities for producing useful knowledge on the criminal justice system. Courts, institutions, and agencies collect information on the individuals involved in the system, but this information is typically not used for research purposes. Thus, these databases represent an important resource for etiological and evaluation research. At the same time, these sources of data can be quite challenging to work with as they are not collected for the purpose of research. This chapter facilitates research using administrative data by discussing the types of studies that can be done using administrative data and providing straightforward techniques for building partnerships with and accessing administrative data from courts, jails, prison systems, and community corrections offices. It offers innovative and practical approaches to managing the unique challenges and strategies associated with the use of these forms of data.

Keywords:   adult offenders, administrative data, research, community corrections, case processing

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