Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: GA-023-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1985

Subject Area: Legal Systems

Bibliographic Citation: Augmented federal probation, sentencing and supervision information system, 1985.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Sentencing Commission  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9664

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy and machine-readable.

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.

SOURCE: records from the Administrative Office of the United States Court's Federal Probation Sentencing and Supervision Information System

UNIVERSE: Individuals sentenced for serious misdemeanor or felony offenses between October 1, 1984, and September 30, 1985, in United States District Courts.

SAMPLE: Stratified random sample.

NOTE: For reasons of confidentiality, specific information identifying defendants has been eliminated from these data.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 4 data files + machine-readable documentation (text) + SAS Control Cards + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: administrative records data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL with SAS and SPSS Control Cards

TIME PERIOD: October 1984-September 1985 (Fiscal Year 1985)

DATE OF COLLECTION: 1991

EXTENT OF PROCESSING BY ICPSR: NONNUM

Media/File Reports:

ICPSR Direct