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Massachusetts Statewide Criminal Justice Guidelines Evaluation, 1979: Sentencing Data

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
Creator
  • Sparks, Richard F.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1984-03-18
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
crime; criminal histories; criminal justice system; defendants; disposition (legal); evaluation; inmates; offender profiles; offenders; offenses; sentencing; sentencing guidelines; socioeconomic status; state courts
Description
  • Abstract

    This data collection is the result of a project established to study the development, implementation, and use of statewide sentencing guidelines and to report on the perceptions of criminal justice system personnel and inmates regarding those guidelines. Funded by the National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, the project was carried out by the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice from October 1978 to June 1981. Additional data produced by this project are contained in two other studies held by ICPSR: NEW JERSEY STATEWIDE CRIMINAL JUSTICE GUIDELINES EVALUATION, 1979 (ICPSR 7910) and NEW JERSEY STATEWIDE CRIMINAL JUSTICE GUIDELINES EVALUATION, 1980: INMATE SURVEY DATA (ICPSR 7911). The Massachusetts Sentencing Data contains information on a random sample of 1,440 convicted defendants sentenced in the Massachusetts Superior Court between November 1977 and October 1978. The sample represents approximately one-third of the actual number of defendants sentenced in the Massachusetts Superior Court during a one-year period. The cases were selected and coded by the Massachusetts Sentencing Guidelines project during 1979. Variables include information about each defendant's juvenile and adult criminal history, characteristics of the current offense, and the elements of the disposition of the current offense. Demographic data include defendant's age, sex, race, marital status, employment status, occupation, income, number of children, educational attainment, and drug and alcohol use history.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1979
  • 1979-02 / 1979-06
    Collection date: 1979-02--1979-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Defendants sentenced in the Massachusetts Superior Court during 1979.
Sampling
Defendants in 10 of 14 Massachusetts counties. Approximately 20 percent of these cases were excluded from the sample due to insufficient information in their records.
Note
Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (78-NI-AX-0147).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7909 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Sparks, R.F.. Massachusetts Statewide Criminal Justice Guidelines Evaluation 1979: Sentencing Data. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1982.
  • Sparks, Richard F., Stecher, Bridget A., Albanese, Jay S., Shelly, Peggy L., Barry, Donald M.. Stumbling Toward Justice: Some Overlooked Research and Police Questions About Statewide Sentencing Guidelines. NCJ 101393, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1982.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/101393NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Stecher, B.A., Sparks, R.F.. Removing the Effects of Discrimination in Sentencing Guidelines. Sentencing Reform: Experiments in Reducing Disparity.Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 1982.

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

Sparks, Richard F. (1984): Massachusetts Statewide Criminal Justice Guidelines Evaluation, 1979: Sentencing Data. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07909.v1