Contact with Police/Court System


The Contact with Police/Court System is an adaptation of the original measure designed by Huizinga which contained 41 items (Denver Youth Survey). This 29-item instrument is designed to measure the respondent contact with the police and court system.

Abstract

The Contact with Police/Court System is a 29-item instrument designed to measure the respondent contact with the police and court system. The questionnaire probes from traffic violations to felonies. The questionnaire is an adaptation of the original measure designed by Huizinga which contained 41 items (Denver Youth Survey). The measure “Contact with Police” was used for years 8-9 and 11-12. The current measure Contact with Police/Court System was first added to the Fast Track Protocol in study year 19.

The participant reports all arrest history and answers detailed questions regarding up to three arrests in the previous year. Contact with Police/Court System asks the respondent for the occurrence of traffic violations. The questionnaire then proceeds to establish arrests and charges for misdemeanor offenses and felonies. The instrument did not work correctly in asserting charges. The user will find responses for questions which should have been skipped. Also open responses were collected when the respondent asserted “other charges”. The respondents entered data sometimes incorrectly with varying misspellings. Also the use of acronyms to describe the offense is used extensively. The user is encouraged to examine these in order to complete data corresponding to charges, convictions and court actions.

The tables shown above display the frequencies for a selected group of variables. The user is encouraged to test association between items and sample group. For some items there is significant association (not shown). The user must be aware that the logical skips did not work correctly. Some tables report more cases than logically established when misdemeanor and felonies are computed from the open ended responses. The user is encouraged to examine the responses to the first, second and third charges and construct variables accordingly.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: CyCK
Scored Dataset Name: CPCySCc

Keywords

arrest history, traffic violations, charges, misdemeanor and/or felony offenses, convictions, court actions, dui, reckless driving, speeding