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Reoffending data set: general information

 
The data on the SPSS file provided concern the results of a study of recidivism in offenders. All of the offenders in the study were male. The following variables were collected and constitute the data.

The SPSS data file can be accessed from this link: Recidivism Data

You will need SPSS installed on your computer in order to access the above file. Depending on the set-up of the computer used, on opening the data set an empty output window may appear. If this happens, navigate back to the data using 'window' which is located at the right hand side of the toolbar next to 'help' in the SPSS program.

Type of prison
1=secure; 2=open

Offence type
1 = violent; 2 = sexual; 3 = property; 4 = mixed

Offender's age on leaving prison
in years

Length of current sentence before release
in years

Whether on any educational programme
1 = yes; 2 = no

Whether on any treatment programme
1 = yes; 2 = no

Offender expresses regret at offending
1 = yes; 2 = no

Offender was a lone offender
1 = lone offender; 2 = with others

Whether or not re-convicted for same type of offence (sexual, violent or property) within five years of release
1 = yes; 2 = no

Number of years before being re-convicted during 5 years following release for a violent crime
5 years indicates that offender was not re-convicted during study period

Number of times imprisoned prior to current sentence
number reported

Total amount of time imprisoned prior to current sentence
in years

Total number of times ever arrested
number of times

Offender has job on leaving prison
1 = yes; 2 = no

Anxiety score on psychological test on entering prison
the higher the score the more anxious

Anxiety score on psychological test shortly before release
the higher the score the more anxious

Intelligence in IQ points
the higher the number the more intelligent the offender




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