Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: GA-020-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1984

Subject Area: Legal Systems

Bibliographic Citation: Evaluation of Minnesota's felony sentencing guidelines, 1978-1984.  [machine-readable data file] / Miethe, Terance  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9235

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: This data collection gauges the effects of the Minnesota felony sentencing guidelines on prosecutional charging practices, plea negotiations, and sentencing decisions. The collection provides primary sources for evaluating the statewide changes in the determinants of charging and sentencing decisions after the sentencing guidelines were enacted. In addition, the data files provide information on offender, offense and various case processing characteristics.

SOURCE: Sentencing guidelines worksheets, state judicial information system summaries (SJIS), Minnesota's Department of Correction Files, court transcripts, and various reports.

UNIVERSE: Convicted defendants in Minnesota.

SAMPLE: Two data files represent two different samples. The statewide file contains all of the convictions in the state of Minnesota during the four years studied. The county file is a random sample from case files of convicted felons who were sentenced during the study period in eight Minnesota counties.

NOTE: The statewide defendants file contains information on offender's demographic characteristics, year of disposition, descriptions of the convicted offense, criminal history scores, types of sentence imposed, the presumptive disposition and duration of confinement, dispositional location in the sentencing grid of the guidelines, and types of dispositional departure from presumptive sentences. Variables in the eight-county sample data are similar to those available in the statewide data. However, the county sample data contain additional information on characteristics of cases and case processing variables such as whether the defendant was convicted of multiple behavioral incidents and various types of plea bargaining.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 2 data files + machine-readable documentation.

DATA TYPE: aggregate data


TIME PERIOD: 1978, May 1980-September 1982, and November 1983-October 1984


FUNDING AGENCY: National Institute of Justice.



Miethe, T.D. ''Charges and Plea Bargaining Practices Under Determinate Sentencing: An Investigation of the Hydraulic Displacement of Discretion.'' JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY 78 (1987), 101-122. Meithe, T., and C.A. Moore. ''Evaluation of Minnesota's Felony Sentencing Guidelines.'' Washington, DC: Final report submitted to the National Institute of Justice, 1987. Moore, C., and T.D. Miethe. ''Regulated and Non-regulated Sentencing Decisions: An Analysis of First-Year Practices under Minnesota's Felony Sentencing Guidelines.'' LAW AND SOCIETY REVIEW 20 (1986), 253-277.

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