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Sentencing in Eight United States District Courts, 1973-1978

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data, survey data
Creator
  • Forst, Brian
  • Rhodes, William
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1987-05-19
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
convictions (law); corruption; court cases; crime; criminal justice system; drug law offenses; drugs; federal courts; murder; robbery; sentencing
Description
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides information about sentencing patterns established by the United States District Courts for federal offenses. It is one of only a few studies that examine federal sentencing patterns, court involvement, sentencing, and criminal histories. Eleven types of crimes are included: bank robbery, embezzlement, income tax evasion, mail theft, forgery, drugs, random other, false claims, homicide, bribery of a public official, and mail fraud. There are three kinds of data files that pertain to the 11 types of crimes: psi files, offense files, and AO files. The psi files describe defendant demographic background and criminal history. The offense files contain questions tailored to a particular type of offense committed by a defendant and the results of conviction and sentencing. The AO files provide additional information on defendants' background characteristics, court records, and dates of court entry and exit.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: PSI: Bank Embezzlement
    • DS2: PSI: Bank Robbery
    • DS3: PSI: Random Other
    • DS4: PSI: Forgery
    • DS5: PSI: Mail Theft
    • DS6: PSI: Narcotics
    • DS7: PSI: Income Tax
    • DS8: PSI: Bribery
    • DS9: PSI: False Claims
    • DS10: PSI: Homicide
    • DS11: PSI: Mail Fraud
    • DS12: Offense: Bank Embezzlement
    • DS13: Offense: Bank Robbery
    • DS14: Offense: Random Other
    • DS15: Offense: Forgery
    • DS16: Offense: Mail Theft
    • DS17: Offense: Mail Fraud
    • DS18: Offense: Narcotics
    • DS19: Offense: Income Tax
    • DS20: Offense: Bribery
    • DS21: Offense: False Claims
    • DS22: Offense: Homicide
    • DS23: Offense: Add Narcotics
    • DS24: AO: Combined
    • DS25: AO: Bribery
    • DS26: AO: Homicide
    • DS27: AO: False Claims
Temporal Coverage
  • 1973 / 1978
    Time period: 1973--1978
  • Collection date: 1978
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All defendants sentenced in Federal District Courts from 1973-1978 for 11 selected offenses.
Sampling
The eight districts were selected to represent a degree of geographic spread and variation in size. The most recent 120 presentence investigation reports per offense from each of the five largest districts were selected and the most recent 40 presentence investigation reports were chosen.
Note
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 28 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 28 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.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. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (J-42723).
Availability
Delivery
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (help@icpsr.umich.edu).
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8622 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08622.v1
Publications
  • Bickle, Gayle S., Peterson, Ruth D.. The impact of gender-based family roles in criminal sentencing. Social Problems.38, (35), 372-394.1991.
    • ID: 10.1525/sp.1991.38.3.03a00050 (DOI)
  • Bartolomeo, John. Judicial Reactions to Sentencing Guidelines. NCJ 82882, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Federal Justice Research Program. 1981.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/82882NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Bartolomeo, John, Clancy, Kevin, Richardson, David, Berger, Paul. Logic of Sentence Decisions and the Extent and Sources of Sentence Disparity. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice. 1981.
  • Rhodes, William M., Conly, Catherine. Analysis of Federal Sentencing, Final Report. NCJ 82880, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Federal Justice Research Program. 1981.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/82880NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Yankelovich, Skelly, and White, Inc.. Federal Sentencing: Toward a More Explicit Policy of Criminal Sanctions, Final Report. NCJ 82881, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Federal Justice Research Program. 1981.
  • Campbell, Davidson, McKernan, Janet, Laing-McKernan, Mary. Data Documentation for the Analysis of Federal Sentencing Decisions. Washington, DC: Institute for Law and Social Research. 1980.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 10 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Forst, Brian; Rhodes, William (1987): Sentencing in Eight United States District Courts, 1973-1978. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08622