The Source for Crime and Justice Data

Monitoring of Federal Criminal Convictions and Sentences: Appeals Data Series

Investigator(s): U.S. Sentencing Commission

This collection contains appellate information from the 12 circuit courts of appeals of the United States. The United States Sentencing Commission compiled from the Clerk of the Court of each court of appeals the final opinions and orders, both published and unpublished, in all criminal appeals for the time period surveyed. The Commission also collected habeas corpus decisions (although technically civil matters), because such cases often involve sentencing issues. Both the "case" and the "defendant" are used in this collection as units of analysis. Each "case" comprises individual records representing all codefendants participating in a consolidated appeal. Each defendant's record comprises the sentencing-related issues corresponding to that particular defendant. The 1993 data file (Part 1) includes all appeals cases received by the U.S. Sentencing Commission as of December 22, 1993, that had disposition dates between March 9, 1990, and September 30, 1993 (inclusive). The 1994 file (Part 2) includes all appeals cases received as of December 23, 1994, that had disposition dates between October 1, 1993, and September 30, 1994 (inclusive). The 1995 data file (Part 6) includes all appeals cases received as of December 26, 1995, that had disposition dates between October 1, 1994, and September 30, 1995 (inclusive).

Years Produced: Updated annually.

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2013
Chongseh Kim, Andrew . Beyond finality: How making criminal judgments less final can further the 'interests of finality'. Utah Law Review. 2013, (2), 561-621.
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2010
Hartley, Richard D.,  Miller, J. Mitchell . Crack-ing the media myth: Reconsidering sentencing severity for cocaine offenders by drug type. Criminal Justice Review. 35, (1), 67-89.
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2009
Farrell, Amy,  Ward, Geoff,  Rousseau, Danielle . Race effects of representation among federal court workers: Does Black workforce representation reduce sentencing disparities?. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 623, 121-133.
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2009
Heise, Michael . Federal criminal appeals: A brief empirical perspective. Marquette Law Review. 93, (2), 825-844.
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2009
United States Sentencing Commission . 2008 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics. Washington, DC: United States Sentencing Commission.
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2009
Ward, Geoff,  Farrell, Amy,  Rousseau, Danielle . Does racial balance in workforce representation yield equal justice? Race relations of sentencing in Federal court organizations. Law and Society Review. 43, (4), 757-806.
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2008
Johnson, Brian D.,  Ulmer, Jeffery T.,  Kramer, John H. The social context of guidelines circumvention: The case of Federal District courts. Criminology. 46, (3), 737-783.
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2008
United States Sentencing Commission . 2007 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics. Washington, DC: United States Sentencing Commission.
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2008
Ward, Geoff,  Farrell, Amy,  Rousseau, Danielle . Does Court Workforce Racial Diversity Yield Racial Justice? Some Evidence from Federal Court Contexts. NCJ 221890, Boston, MA: Northeastern University.
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