Administrative Data on Adults

Michael G. Vaughn, Carrie Pettus-Davis and Jeffrey J. Shook

in Conducting Research in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199782857
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949663 | DOI:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Administrative Data on Adults

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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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