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Repeat Offender Laws in the United States: Forms, Uses, and Perceived Value, 1983

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • McDonald, William F.
  • Athens, Lonnie A.
  • Minton, Thomas J.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1990-05-01
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
attorneys; criminal justice system; felony offenses; judges; jurisdiction; prosecuting attorneys; recidivists; sentencing
Description
  • Abstract

    This survey of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges in jurisdictions with sentence enhancement statutes for repeat offenders collected information about the characteristics of the laws and criminal justice professionals regarding the fairness, effectiveness, and practice of the laws. The jurisdiction file includes variables such as jurisdiction size, number of provisions in the law, number of felony cases handled under the law per year, number of defendants sentenced as repeat offenders, frequency of charging and sentencing under the law, and minimum and maximum sentences specified in the statutes. The variables in the three surveys of practitioners contain data related to their familiarity with the laws, descriptions of recent cases, and satisfaction with the new statutes.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Prosecutors Survey
    • DS2: Defense Attorney Survey
    • DS3: Judges Survey
    • DS4: Jurisdiction Data
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1983
  • Collection date: 1984
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
General recidivist laws in effect during 1983 in the United States.
Sampling
Within each of the 49 jurisdictions with general repeat offender laws, two local jurisdictions were randomly selected: one from localities with populations between 50,000 and 250,000 in 1980, and the other from larger localities. Criminal justice professionals who were familiar with the repeat offender laws were selected from a convenience sample of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges.
Note
2006-01-18 File CB9328.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 (83-IJ-CX-0023).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9328 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • McDonald, W.F., Athens, L.A., Minton, T.J.. Repeat Offender Laws in the United States - Their Form, Use and Perceived Value, Final Report. NCJ 103055, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1986.
  • McDonald, William F., Athens, Lonnie A., Minton, Thomas J.. Repeat Offender Laws in the United States - Their Form, Use and Perceived Value, Executive Summary. NCJ 103054, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1986.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/103054NCJRS.pdf (URL)

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

McDonald, William F.; Athens, Lonnie A.; Minton, Thomas J. (1990): Repeat Offender Laws in the United States: Forms, Uses, and Perceived Value, 1983. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09328.v1