Scope and Content Note

This series consists primarily of microfilmed case records for approximately 3,000 male criminal offenders, aged sixteen to twenty years old, processed through the Elmira Reception Center from 1945-1965. The case files represent a ten percent random stratified sample of all offenders processed through the facility, and served as source documents for a study in recidivism made by the Dept. of Correction in 1967.

Also included in the series are "Study of Recidivism" (1970), showing findings and summaries of the study; appendices to the study (1970); a notebook of instructions for conducting and encoding the study (1969); and "Reception Center Research Project" (1967) explaining the purposes and methodology of the study.

16574-99: This accretion contains documentation of the Reception Center Research Project. Included are a manual of instructions for the Study of Recidivism (1969); report materials on the project by Dept. of Correction, including notes and background studies and a few clippings with comments on the study; and procedures, with exhibits, for microfilming Division of Parole records, including blank forms and document checklists.

16574-16: This accretion contains 84 microfilm rolls of case files for the study of the Reception Center Research Project. Contains case files for inmates sent from the Elmira Reception Center to the Green Haven Correctional Institution, Clinton Prison, Green Haven Prison, Matteawan State Hospital, Beacon Institute for Defective Delinquents, Wallkill Prison, or Great Meadow Correctional Institution.