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New Jersey Statewide Criminal Justice Guidelines Evaluation, 1979

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey 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
attitudes; crime; criminal histories; criminal justice system; defendants; disposition (legal); inmates; offender profiles; offenders; offenses; place of residence; punishment; sentencing; sentencing guidelines; socioeconomic status; state correctional facilities; 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 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: MASSACHUSETTS STATEWIDE STATEWIDE CRIMINAL JUSTICE GUIDELINES EVALUATION, 1979: SENTENCTING DATA (ICPSR 7909) and NEW JERSEY STATEWIDE CRIMINAL JUSTICE GUIDELINES EVALUATION, 1980: INMATE SURVEY DATA (ICPSR 7911). The data in this study is contained in two files. It consists of interviews to determine the opinions of inmates about the relative seriousness of offenses, severity of punishments, appropriateness of penalties for various kinds of crimes, and the use of sentencing guidelines to structure judicial sentencing decisions. Part 1, Inmate Background Data, contains socioeconomic, residential, and current and prior criminal history information in a random sample of 226 Rahway, New Jersey, State Prison inmates. Background information was collected for all of the inmates selected to participate in the 1979 New Jersey inmate survey. However, not all of those inmates selected agreed to be interviewed when the actual survey was conducted. Therefore, Part 1 includes information on survey respondents and nonrespondents. Part 2, Inmate Survey Data, contains information on 146 inmates. Frequency distributions and the survey instrument are included in the documentation.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Inmate Background Data
    • DS2: Inmate Survey Data
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1979
  • Collection date: 1979-06
Geographic Coverage
  • New Jersey
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Rahway, New Jersey, State Prison inmates in 1979.
Sampling
The sample was obtained by dividing inmates in either minimum and maximum/medium security status, and then randomly sampling within these two frames, selecting a higher proportion of inmates under minimum security to compensate for their relative rarity.
Note
2006-01-18 File CB7910.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. 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
  • 7910 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Sparks, R.F.. New Jersey Statewide Criminal Justice Guidelines Evaluation 1980: Inmate Survey 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): New Jersey Statewide Criminal Justice Guidelines Evaluation, 1979. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07910.v1