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Six-Year Follow-up Study on Career Criminals, 1970-1976: [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Forst, Brian
  • Rhodes, William
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
arrests; crime; criminal justice system; demographic characteristics; parole hearings; recidivism; recidivists; sentencing
  • Abstract

    The major objective of the Six-year Follow-up Study on Career Criminals was to provide data describing the effects of sentencing decisions on the behavior of career criminals. A second purpose was to develop programs to target career offenders at the time of sentencing who were likely to commit crimes in the future and incarcerate them accordingly. The data collection includes detailed demographic background and complete prior and follow-up criminal records for each selected offender. There are two types of data sets in the study, the PSI data set based on pre-sentence investigation (PSI) reports, and the Parole data set based on Parole Commission records. The PSI data set describes each offender's demographic background, criminal history, and court entry/exit history. The Parole data set contains information about the offender's background characteristics, prior records of arrests, convictions, dispositions and sentences, and follow-up records for a period of six years. Arrests are described in terms of arrest date, offense charge, disposition, result of sentence, and months incarcerated.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: PSI Data
    • DS2: Parole Data
    • DS3: PSI Rap Sheet
    • DS4: Parole Rap Sheet
    • DS5: PSI-Rap Link
    • DS6: Parole-Rap Link
Temporal Coverage
  • 1970 / 1976
    Time period: 1970--1976
  • Collection date: 1981
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Defendants convicted of federal offenses in 1969-1970 and sentenced to up to a year in prison, given probation, or fined, and federal offenders released from prison during the first six months of l970.
Collection Mode
  • The PSI Rap Sheet and Parole Rap Sheet files are structured hierarchically with a varying number of records per offender. The first physical record corresponding to an offender is an identification record containing 7 variables. Each of the subsequent records for that offender represents a single arrest. The maximum number of arrest records per offender is 31 for the PSI Rap Sheet file and 53 for the Parole Rap Sheet file. There are 17 variables per arrest record. The PSI Rap Sheet file contains a total of 6,430 records representing 1,320 offenders. The Parole Rap Sheet file has 7,257 records representing 659 offenders. The PSI data files and Parole data files can be linked to the corresponding Rap Sheet files using the appropriate Link file.

2006-01-18 File CB8648.ALL.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 (JYFRP-81-C-0126).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8648 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Forst, Brian, Rhodes, William, Dimm, James, Gelman, Arthur, Mullin, Barbara. Targeting federal resources on recidivists: An empirical review. Federal Probation.46, (2), 10-20.1983.
  • Forst, Brian, Rhodes, William, Dimm, James, Gelman, Arthur, Mullin, Barbara. Targeting Federal Resources on Recidivism: Final Report of the Federal Career Criminal Research Project. NCJ 88205, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1982.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Rhodes, William, Tyson, Herbert, Weekley, James, Conly, Catherine, Powell, Gustave. Developing Criteria for Identifying Career Criminals. Washington, DC: Institute for Law and Social Research. 1982.

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

Forst, Brian; Rhodes, William (1987): Six-Year Follow-up Study on Career Criminals, 1970-1976: [United States]. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.