Length of Confinement Distributions for Iowa Prison Inmates

Abstract

Reforms often are alterations made to correct a problem with a system. They are difficult to achieve and the outcome can be that the system fails to operate correctly in a different way. This is a common feature of complex adaptive systems. Another feature of complex adaptive systems are heavy tailed distributions. This report uses several characteristics of Iowa prison inmates to study their distributions with respect length of confinement to see if any have heavy tailed distributions. It was found that some of them did have such distributions.

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