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Plea Bargaining in the United States, 1978

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Miller, Herbert S.
  • McDonald, William
  • Cramer, James A.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1984-03-18
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
court cases; court system; crime; criminal justice system; plea negotiations; sentencing
Description
  • Abstract

    This study was conducted in 1978 at the Institute of Criminal Law and Procedure of the Georgetown University Law Center. The study consists of three files. The first contains information from 3,397 case files in six United States cities. The 63 variables include demographic information on the accused and the victim, past record of the accused, seriousness of the offense, pleas entered, speed of trial process, and sentencing. The second file contains information gathered from in-court observations focused on the formal supervision of plea bargaining by judges. There are approximately 33 variables for each of the 711 court observations. The third file consists of the results of a plea bargaining simulation game. There are 17 variables for each of the 479 cases in the file.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Case File Instrument
    • DS2: In-Court Observation
    • DS3: Plea Bargaining Simulation
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Note
2006-01-18 File CB7775.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (77-NI-99-0049).
Availability
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This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7775 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Bushway, Shawn D., Redlich, Allison D.. Is plea bargaining in the ‘‘Shadow of the Trial’’ a mirage?. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.28, (3), 437-454.2012.
    • ID: 10.1007/s10940-011-9147-5 (DOI)
  • Albonetti, Celesta A.. Race and the probability of pleading guilty. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.6, (3), 315-334.1990.
  • Elder, Harold W.. Trials and settlements in the criminal courts: An empirical analysis of dispositions and sentencing. Journal of Legal Studies.18, (1), 191-208.1989.
    • ID: 10.1086/468146 (DOI)
  • Holmes, Malcolm D., Daudistel, Howard C., Farrell, Ronald A.. Determinants of charge reductions and final dispositions in cases of burglary and robbery. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.24, (3), 233-254.1987.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022427887024003004 (DOI)
  • Smith, Douglas A.. The plea bargaining controversy. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.77, (3), 949-968.1986.
    • ID: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1143445 (URL)
  • McDonald, William F.. Plea Bargaining: Critical Issues and Common Practices. National Institute of Justice Research Report.NCJ 98903, Washington, DC: . 1985.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/98903NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Welch, Susan, Spohn, Cassia, Gruhl, John. Convicting and sentencing differences among black, Hispanic, and white males in six localities. Justice Quarterly.2, (1), 67-80.1985.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418828500088391 (DOI)
  • LaFree, Gary D.. Adversarial and Nonadversarial Justice A Comparison of Guilty Pleas and Trials in the United States. NCJ 101951, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1984.
  • Cramer, James A.. Judicial supervision of the guilty plea bargaining. Courts and Judges.Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 1981.
  • McDonald, W.F., Cramer, J.A.. Plea Bargaining. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath and Company. 1980.
  • Miller, H.S., McDonald, W.F., Cramer, J.A.. Plea Bargaining in the United States. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1980.
  • Daudistel, Howard C., Holmes, Malcolm D.. Abandoning plea bargaining - A case study of nonngeotiated justice. Courts and Diversion: Policy and Operations Studies.Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications. 1979.
  • McDonald, William F.. The prosecutor's domain. The Prosecutor.Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications. 1979.
  • McDonald, William F., Rossman, H.H., Cramer, James A.. The prosecutor's plea bargaining decisions. The Prosecutor.Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications. 1979.
  • Georgetown University. The Study of Plea Bargaining in Local Jurisdictions: A Self-Study Manual. NCJ 65928, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. 1978.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/65928NCJRS.pdf (URL)

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

Miller, Herbert S.; McDonald, William; Cramer, James A. (1984): Plea Bargaining in the United States, 1978. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07775.v1