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On Point? Using "Public Safety" Factors in Prison Classification Tools

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Inmate classification plays a critical role in shaping the prison experience, often guiding where and how inmates spend their prison term. Federal inmates are currently classified based on a series of factors validated for their ability to predict violence. However, they are also penalized based on factors which have an untested relationship to risk (called “public safety” factors). For example, inmates are given extra points for holding the status of sex offender or illegal alien. This policy may result in some being assigned to higher security prisons than they would otherwise have been designated. This paper tests whether these public safety factors predict risk during the incarceration spell, and pays special attention to both empirical and theoretical issues surrounding their use in prison security classification.
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Shermer, Lauren. and Bierie, David. "On Point? Using "Public Safety" Factors in Prison Classification Tools" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372752_index.html>

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Shermer, L. O. and Bierie, D. M. , 2009-11-04 "On Point? Using "Public Safety" Factors in Prison Classification Tools" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372752_index.html

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Abstract: Inmate classification plays a critical role in shaping the prison experience, often guiding where and how inmates spend their prison term. Federal inmates are currently classified based on a series of factors validated for their ability to predict violence. However, they are also penalized based on factors which have an untested relationship to risk (called “public safety” factors). For example, inmates are given extra points for holding the status of sex offender or illegal alien. This policy may result in some being assigned to higher security prisons than they would otherwise have been designated. This paper tests whether these public safety factors predict risk during the incarceration spell, and pays special attention to both empirical and theoretical issues surrounding their use in prison security classification.


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