The composite prior record variable was constructed by placing all prior record variables - including presence/absence of a record, number of past convictions, number of FTA/FTC charges, number of other administration of justice charges, total number of administration of justice charges, the most serious prior sentence (i.e., custody or probation or other), whether the youth is on probation or has outstanding charges - in a factor analysis and using the values of coefficients generated for each case as the composite index. The composite index is highly correlated with its component parts but at the same time takes a variety of indicators into account.
TABLE A.1 -
THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL AND LEGAL VARIABLES ON POLICE DETENTION AT ARREST, ALL COURTS COMBINED
*** p<.001, ** p<.01, * p<.05. If the cell is blank, then the factor was not statistically associated with the condition. "-" means that the variable was not included in the model. "n.a." means the variable was excluded because of missing values.
The first value in the cell is the unstandardized B coefficient.
N=331, Cut value=.50
Dependent variable = police detention (detained vs. released)