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Evaluation of Pre-Trial Settlement Conference: Dade County, Florida, Criminal Court, 1979

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data and administration records data
  • Kerstetter, Wayne A.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
case processing; courts; disposition (legal); criminal justice system; defendants; plea negotiation; police officers; pretrial procedures; victims
  • Abstract

    This study reports on the implementation in Dade County, Florida, of a proposal to involve, on a voluntary basis, victims, defendants, and police in a judicial plea negotiation conference. The study was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, United States Department of Justice. Parts 1-3, Defendants, Victims, and Police files, consist of responses to questionnaires given to defendants, victims, and police. The questionnaires were administered during 20-minute interviews, conducted after the case had been completed. The interview instruments were designed to collect data on three major issues: (1) the extent to which respondents reported participation in the processing of their cases, (2) respondents' knowledge of the way their cases were processed, and (3) respondents' attitudes toward the disposition of their cases and toward the criminal justice system. Part 4 is the Conference Data File. During the pretrial settlement conference, an observer wrote down in sequence as much as possible of the verbal behavior. After the session, the observer made some subjective ratings, provided descriptive data about the conclusion of the session, and classified comments into one of the following categories: (1) Facts of the Case, (2) Prior Record, (3) Law and Practices, (4) Maximum Sentence, (5) Prediction of Trial Outcome, (6) Conference Precedent, (7) Personal Background History, and (8) Recommendations. Information in Part 5, the Case Information Data File, was drawn from court records and includes type of case, number of charges, sentence type, sentence severity (stated and perceived), seriousness of offense, date of arrest, date of arraignment, date of conference, prior incarcerations, and defendant background.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Defendant Data File
    • DS2: Victim Data File
    • DS3: Police Data File
    • DS4: Conference Data File
    • DS5: Case Information Data File
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1979
Geographic Coverage
  • Florida
  • United States
2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.1997-02-25 SAS and SPSS data definition statements are now available for this collection. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (76-NI-99-0088).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7710 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Heinz, A.M.. Procedure versus consequences - Experimental evidence of preferences for procedural and distributive justice. Courts and Criminal Justice: Emerging Issues.Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications. 1985.
  • Kerstetter, Wayne A.. Police participation in structured plea negotiations. Journal of Criminal Justice.9, (2), 151-164.1981.
    • ID: 10.1016/0047-2352(81)90019-2 (DOI)
  • Kerstetter, Wayne A.. Police perceptions of influence: A study in the criminal case disposition process. Law and Policy Quarterly.3, 95-119.1981.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1467-9930.1981.tb00237.x (DOI)
  • Kersetter, Wayne A., Heinz, Anne M.. Pretrial Settlement Conference: An Evaluation. NCJ 56875, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. 1979.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Kerstetter, W.A., Heinz, A.M.. Pretrial Settlement Conference: Evaluation of a Reform in Plea Bargaining. Law and Society Review.13, 349-366.1979.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Kerstetter, Wayne A. (1984): Evaluation of Pre-Trial Settlement Conference: Dade County, Florida, Criminal Court, 1979. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.