ERIC Number: ED122135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Arrest Decisions as Preludes To? An Evaluation of Policy Related Research. Volume II: Study Design, Findings, and Policy Implications.
Neithercutt, M. G.; Moseley, William H.
The document is the second part of a study conducted to.evaluate policy-related research in police diversion as an alternative solution to arrest. It focuses on the study design, findings, and policy implications of the Arrest Decisions as Preludes To? (ADAPT?) project. Police diversion was analyzed through an evaluation of arrest literature which were checked for actual use by 88 individuals affiliated with law enforcement. Actual practice by 228 law enforcement officers in 10 different departments was also studied based on the following areas: (1) police interview schedules, (2) arrest setting and its corrollaries, (3) arrest alternative programs, and (4) the place of arrest in police work. Findings from the interviews reveal a general openness to the use of arrest alternatives and the existence of differential perceptions among officers of what alternatives exist and what constitutes a situation in which consideration of an arrest option is appropriate. Findings from the evaluation of arrest literature are based on the following criteria: internal validity, study strengths and weaknesses, internal consistency, and external validity. The policy implications of police diversion research and its future development are discussed. A 13-page bibliography of articles, books, reports, and miscellaneous materials is appended. (Author/EC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. RANN Program.
Authoring Institution: National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Davis, CA.