Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SJ-032-002-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1988

Subject Area: Anomic Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: National judicial reporting program, 1988: [United States].  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9449

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: This data collection tabulates the number of persons convicted of felonies in state courts and describes the sentences these individuals received. Data were collected from state courts and state prosecutors in 100 counties of the United States. The collection contains sociodemographic information such as age, race, and sex of felon. Types of offenses committed include homicide, rape, and robbery. Adjudication variables referring to the process between arrest and sentencing are also a part of this dataset. Data can be analyzed on a national level or by the individual counties.

SOURCE: official court records

UNIVERSE: Sentenced felons in the United States.

SAMPLE: A two-stage stratified cluster sampling design was employed. At the first stage 300 counties were selected from the 3,109 total counties in the nation. At the second stage, a systematic sample of felons sentenced for murder/non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, felony larceny/motor vehicle theft, drug trafficking, and other offenses were selected from each county's official records.

NOTE: Users wishing to reconstruct figures in the Bureau of Justice Statistics report based on these data will need to use UNIFORM CRIME REPORTING PROGRAM DATA [UNITED STATES]: DETAILED ARREST AND OFFENSE DATA FOR 321 COUNTIES, 1988 (ICPSR 9470).

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: event/transaction data

DATA FORMAT: OSIRIS and Card Image, with SPSS Control Cards for each


DATE OF COLLECTION: February 1989-December 1989


Langan, Patrick A., and John N. Dawson. ''Felony Sentences in State Courts, 1988.'' Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, December 1990.

Media/File Reports:

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