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Analysis of Rhode Island Domestic Violence Offenders on Probation, 1977-2012

Metadata Updated: February 13, 2023

These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they there received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except of the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompany readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collections and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed.The purpose of the study was to: Describe the prosecution and sentencing histories for domestic violence and other offenses;Determine the severity gap in prosecution and sentencing between these domestic violence and non-domestic violence over a six year period; andTo answer whether the variation in prosecution and sentencing severity predicts being subsequently charged for domestic violence in the future.Rhode Island was selected as the study site because it has a high domestic violence arrest rate and specifically distinguishes domestic violence from non-domestic violence offenses based on the relationships of the parties, not by specific type of crime. Further, Rhode Island's judiciary maintains a public web-based database, called CourtConnect, that includes an index of defendants by name and date of birth and lists all arrests followed by prosecution and court actions through final sentence. The criminal history information includes all charges filed in any Rhode Island court for the last 25 years. Two researchers independently coded offender data (Differential Sentencing Data - Persons, n=982) available on CourtConnect. Coders then determined whether the defendants were prosecuted for the charges brought against them (Differential Sentencing Data - Offenses, n=6,649). Offenses that were not prosecuted were differentiated from offenses that were prosecuted. Each charge was classified as domestic violence or non-domestic violence as defined by state statute.

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Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date February 13, 2023

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date February 13, 2023
Publisher National Institute of Justice
Identifier 1166
Data First Published 2016-05-20T20:59:30
Language eng
Data Last Modified 2016-05-20T21:02:51
Rights These data are restricted due to the increased risk of violation of confidentiality of respondent and subject data.
Public Access Level restricted public
Bureau Code 011:21
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Publisher Hierarchy Office of Justice Programs > National Institute of Justice
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