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Augmented Federal Probation, Sentencing, and Supervision Information System, 1985

Version
v2
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
Creator
  • United States Sentencing Commission
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1992-01-10
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Language
English
Free Keywords
criminal histories; disposition (legal); federal offenses; felony offenses; misdemeanor offenses; offenders; probation; sentencing; sentencing guidelines
Description
  • Abstract

    The United States Sentencing Commission, established by the 98th Congress, is an independent agency in the judicial branch of government. The Commission recommends guidelines prescribing the appropriate form and severity of punishment for offenders convicted of federal crimes. These data were collected to determine whether sentencing disparities existed and whether the guidelines were adequate. Basic information in the collection includes a description of the offense, characterization of the defendant's background and criminal record, method of disposition of the case, and sentence imposed. Felony and misdemeanor cases are included while petty offense cases are excluded. Three types of additional information were used to augment the existing data: (1) more detailed offense and offender characteristics identified by the United States Sentencing Commission but coded by federal probation officers, (2) actual time served in prison from the SENTRY data file of the United States Bureau of Prisons, and (3) information necessary to estimate prospective release dates from the hearing files of the United States Parole Commission. The unit of analysis is the defendant.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Drug Offenses Data
    • DS2: Street Crime Offenses Data
    • DS3: White Collar Offenses Data
    • DS4: Other Offenses Data
Temporal Coverage
  • Collection date: 1991
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Individuals sentenced for serious misdemeanor or felony offenses between October 1, 1984, and September 30, 1985, in United States District Courts.
Sampling
Stratified random sample.
Collection Mode
  • For reasons of confidentiality, specific information identifying defendants has been eliminated from these data.

Note
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 6 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9664 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09664.v1

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

United States Sentencing Commission (1992): Augmented Federal Probation, Sentencing, and Supervision Information System, 1985. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09664.v2