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Pennsylvania Sentencing Data, 1977, 1980, 1983

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
counties; defendants; felony offenses; judicial decisions; misdemeanor offenses; sentencing; sentencing guidelines
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains information on sentencing decisions in Pennsylvania for three years: 1977, 1980, and 1983. The 1977 data are based on separate 12-percent random samples of sentences selected from each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. The 1980 data were collected in 23 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. The sampling strategy varied by county, and a description is included in the codebook. The 1983 data are based on sentencing guideline forms submitted to the Commission by sentencing judges. The data include sentences imposed for felony and misdemeanor offenses, excluding driving under the influence. All three files contain demographic information, including defendant's sex, race, age, prior record, offense charge, sentences imposed, weapon usage, victim information, and socioeconomic status.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1977 Data Collection
    • DS2: 1980 Data Collection
    • DS3: Guideline Evaluation and Monitoring System, 1983
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1977
  • Time period: 1980
  • Time period: 1983
Geographic Coverage
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States
2006-01-18 File CB8327.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8327 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Ulmer, Jeffery T.. The rules have changed--So proceed with caution: A comment on Engen and Gainey's method for modeling sentencing outcomes under guidelines. Criminology.38, (4), 1231-1243.2000.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2000.tb01420.x (DOI)
  • Gorton, Joe, Boies, John L.. Sentencing Guidelines and Racial Disparity across Time: Pennsylvania Prison Sentences in 1977, 1983, 1992, and 1993. Social Science Quarterly.80, (1), 37-54.1999.
  • Kempf, Kimberly L., Austin, Roy L.. Older and more recent evidence on racial discrimination in sentencing. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.2, (1), 29-48.1986.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF01064594 (DOI)

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

Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission (1985): Pennsylvania Sentencing Data, 1977, 1980, 1983. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.