I am interested in the datasets compiled in the “The Institutionalization Effect: The Impact of Mental Hospitalization and Imprisonment on Homicide in the US 1934-2001”
After opening and looking through “The Institutionalization Effect” and the “Boys Town Study of Youth Development” datasets via OpenRefine and their code books, the data in “The Institutionalization Effect” seemed more relevant to the questions I have seen other historians ask about the carceral state and some of the questions I ask of my own research.
Such questions include: Does early institutionalization and entrance into the state system prevent or exacerbate mass incarceration and/or homicide rates? Has mass incarceration been effective in keeping homicide rates down? Has hospitalization been effective in keeping homicide rates down? What can this data tell us about punitive versus reformative carceral policy?