Parole Release Decisions: Impact of Positive and Negative Victim and Nonvictim Input on a Representative Sample of Parole-Eligible Inmates by ProQuest

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This study analyzed administrative data from the New Jersey State Parole Board to determine the extent to which victim and nonvictim input impacted parole release decisions. Positive and negative input, in both verbal and written forms, was studied for a representative sample of 820 parole-eligible adult inmates. Victim input was not found to be a significant predictor of parole release; measures of institutional behavior, crime severity, and criminal history were significant. Though insignificant, verbal input had a greater effect than written input. Results suggest that the impact of victim input is not generalizable across different types of offenders or across different paroling jurisdictions. It can no longer be assumed that victim rights laws and public participation at parole guarantee victim-desired outcomes. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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									Violence and Victims, Volume 25, Number 2, 2010




       Parole Release Decisions: Impact of
        Positive and Negative Victim and
       Nonvictim Input on a Representative
        Sample of Parole-Eligible Inmates
                                     Joel M. Caplan, PhD
                          Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice

      This study analyzed administrative data from the New Jersey State Parole Board to deter-
      mine the extent to which victim and nonvictim input impacted parole release decisions.
      Positive and negative input, in both verbal and written forms, was studied for a representa-
      tive sample o
								
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