Sparks, Richard F.
This data collection is the result of a project established
to study the development, implementation, and use of statewide
sentencing guidelines and to report the perceptions of criminal
justice system personnel and inmates regarding those
guidelines. Funded by the National Institute of Law Enforcement and
Criminal Justice, the project was carried out by the Rutgers
University School of Criminal Justice from October 1978 to June
1981. Additional data produced by this project are contained in two
other studies held by ICPSR: MASSACHUSETTS STATEWIDE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
GUIDELINES EVALUATION, 1979 (ICPSR 7909) and NEW JERSEY STATEWIDE
CRIMINAL JUSTICE GUIDELINES EVALUATION, 1979 (ICPSR 7910). The data in
this study consist of interviews to determine the opinions of inmates
about the relative seriousness of offenses, severity of punishments,
appropriateness of penalties for various kinds of crimes, and the use
of sentencing guidelines to structure judicial sentencing
decisions. Frequency distributions and the survey instrument are
included in the documentation.
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Sparks, Richard F. New Jersey Statewide Criminal Justice Guidelines Evaluation, 1980: Inmate Survey Data. ICPSR07911-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07911.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07911.v1
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This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (78-NI-AX-0147)
Scope of Study
criminal justice system,
state correctional facilities,
Date of Collection:
Rahway, New Jersey, State Prison inmates in 1980.
The sample was obtained by dividing inmates in either
minimum and maximum/medium security status, and then randomly sampling
within these two frames, selecting a higher proportion of inmates
under minimum security to compensate for their relative rarity.
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-03-18
Sparks, Richard F.,
Stecher, Bridget A.,
Albanese, Jay S.,
Shelly, Peggy L.,
Barry, Donald M.
Stumbling Toward Justice: Some Overlooked Research and Police Questions About Statewide Sentencing Guidelines
United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
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