Whose on Probation?

Edward W. Sieh, St. Cloud State University
Richard Lawrence, St. Cloud State University

ABSTRACT
The paper is an analysis of the Survey of Adults on Probation data compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. This was the first national survey to gather information on the individual characteristics of adult probationers. The survey comprised record checks and personal interviews with probationers. The record check provided detailed information on 5,867 probationers. A subset of the population selected for record checks were selected for personal interviews resulting in 2,000 completed interviews. This paper will report on various social, legal, and demographic characteristics of these sample populations.

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