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Fugitives from Justice: An Examination of Felony and Misdemeanor Probation Absconders in a Large Jurisdiction

Volume 81 Number 1
June 2017

This study addresses the gap in the literature on felony and misdemeanor absconders by investigating the entire adult probation absconder population, both felonies and misdemeanors, in a large urban Texas jurisdiction to develop a profile of absconders. The authors seek to determine what factors, demographics and offense-related, may be associated with absconding from supervision by examining comparison groups of offenders who completed supervision successfully.