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Evaluation of penal measures

Author: Leslie T Wilkins
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1969.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wilkins, Leslie T.
Evaluation of penal measures.
New York, Random House [1969]
(OCoLC)647020950
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie T Wilkins
OCLC Number: 11716
Description: xi, 177 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Facts and figures --
Recidivism --
General social controls (general prevention) --
The problem: a summary statement --
Uncertainty and the unique person --
Variety and classification --
Information in relation to uniqueness --
Action under conditions of uncertainty --
Problems of inference in research into penal treatment --
The improper questions --
Misapplied statistics --
The so-what question --
Types of language --
Belief and discovery --
Research publication --
Bias, conscious or unconscious --
Recidivists and recidivism --
The commitment process: labels --
Research studies --
Some important early studies of recidivists --
More recent studies of the probability of recidivism --
Prediction methods --
Prediction and inference --
Delinquency and recidivism prediction --
Historical notes on prediction methods --
Deficiencies of early prediction work --
Summary reviews of treatment and its effects --
Institution studies --
Attendance centers study (Cambridge) --
More complex models develop --
Prediction toward evaluation --
Youthful offenders at Highfields --
Classification and typology of offenders --
What is classification? --
Distinction between prediction and typology --
The importance of typological classification --
Cause-effect and complex models --
Types of typology --
Prediction, evaluation, and decision-making --
Description in relation to strategy for action --
Necessity for comparisons --
Necessity for variety --
Current claims to knowledge --
General policy level --
Research policy --
Treatment --
Setting up an evaluation study --
The matter of criteria --
Matching situations --
General factors of success --
Regression toward the mean --
The inevitability of error --
Values of errors --
Probability of types of error --
Subjective supplementation --
Operational evaluation --
Action and assumption --
Experience and assumption --
Experience and "experience" --
Rational decisions --
Simulation --
Information and its use --
Cost and value of information --
Experience tables as information --
Operational research: conclusion --
Experimental design --
Clinical trials --
A sample design --
Relevance of reality.
Responsibility: Leslie T. Wilkins.

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