Exploring Longitudinal Patterns of Prison Visits in New York State
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Two recent papers used semiparametric group-based trajectory modeling with binary logit model specification to explore visit-by-month trajectories (Cochran, 2012; Cochran, 2014). Using slightly different samples from the Florida Department of Corrections, spanning one year (2012) and between 8 and 17 months (2014), both papers identified a four-group model as the best fit: no visits, near entry visits, near release visits, and sustained visits. We’re interested in exploring the degree to which these patterns appear in another jurisdiction, across a longer time span, and with even more varied lengths of stay.
To that end, this paper builds on that work by examining longitudinal patterns of visitation in a large sample of inmates receiving visits between 1995 and 2013 in New York state prisons. The data, provided by New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), include information on inmate individual characteristics, criminal history, length of stay, and visitation history. Results will demonstrate the extent to which previously observed patterns are replicated and whether new descriptive patterns are observed. In addition to presenting trajectories of visitation for inmates over time, we will address implications for methodology and policy.