Monitoring of Federal Criminal Sentences, 2009 (ICPSR 28602)

Alternate Title:   MFCS

Principal Investigator(s): United States Sentencing Commission


This collection contains information on federal criminal cases sentenced under the Sentencing Guidelines and Policy Statements of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. The data files include all cases received by the United States Sentencing Commission that had sentencing dates between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2009, and were assessed as constitutional. Constitutionality compares each case's sentencing date, circuit, district, and judge to provide uniformity in reporting the cases. In 1999, the United States Sentencing Commission added more variables from its databases to this collection, so the data are now provided in two files. Several variables iterate to include multiple occurrences of the same event. Part 1, Main Data, includes all noniterating variables plus the highest occurrences of each iterating variable. Part 2, Supplementary Data, includes the remaining iterations.

Series: Monitoring of Federal Criminal Sentences Series

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Main Data - Download All Files (1199.013 MB) large file
SAS    SPSS    ASCII    Excel/TSV
ASCII + SAS Setup    SPSS Setup   
DS2:  Supplemental Data - Download All Files (30.879 MB)
ASCII + SAS Setup    SPSS Setup    Stata Setup   

Study Description


United States Sentencing Commission. Monitoring of Federal Criminal Sentences, 2009. ICPSR28602-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-10-28.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    convictions (law), criminal histories, criminal offenses, defendants, federal courts, judicial decisions, sentencing, sentencing guidelines

Smallest Geographic Unit:    federal court district

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2008-10-01--2009-09-30

Date of Collection:   

  • 2008--2009

Unit of Observation:    federal criminal case

Universe:    All cases received by the United States Sentencing Commission that had sentencing dates between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2009, and were assessed as constitutional.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

Starting with the 1999 data, ICPSR archives MONITORING OF FEDERAL CRIMINAL SENTENCES under a new study number for each year of data. Data for the years 1993-1998 are archived in MONITORING OF FEDERAL CRIMINAL SENTENCES, 1987-1998 (ICPSR 9317).

The data producer is the United States Sentencing Commission, Washington, DC.


Data Source:

Federal Probation Sentence and Supervision Information System

presentence reports

judgments of conviction

statements of reason

plea agreements

guideline worksheets

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-10-28

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