Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: GA-013-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1973

Subject Area: Legal Systems

Bibliographic Citation: Sentencing in Eight United States District Courts, 1973-1978.  [machine-readable data file] / Forst, Brian  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8622

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

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.

SOURCE: pre-sentence investigation reports prepared for the courts

UNIVERSE: All defendants sentenced in Federal District Courts from 1973-1978 for 11 selected offenses.

SAMPLE: 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: Certain variables have been blanked for reasons of confidentiality.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 27 data files + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: event/transaction data, and survey data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL with SPSS Control Cards

TIME PERIOD: 1973-1978


FUNDING AGENCY: United States Department of Justice. National Institute of Justice.


SUBJECT TERMS: convictions. corruption. court cases. court records. crime. criminal justice system. drug offenses. drugs. federal court cases. murders. robbery. sentencing. socioeconomic indicators. taxation. United States.


Bartolomeo, John. JUDICIAL REACTIONS TO SENTENCING GUIDELINES. Washington, DC: Department of Justice, 1981. Bartolomeo, John, et al. SENTENCE DECISION MAKING: THE LOGIC OF SENTENCE DECISIONS AND THE EXTENT AND SOURCES OF SENTENCE DISPARITY. Washington, DC: Institute for Law and Social Research, 1980. Campbell, Davidson, Janet McKernan, and Mary Laing-McKernan. DATA DOCUMENTATION FOR THE ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL SENTENCING DECISIONS. Washington, D.C.: Institute for Law and Social Research, 1980.

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