This survey assesses the impact of a determinant sentencing
law, the Fair Sentencing Act, which became effective July 1, 1981, in
North Carolina. Specific variables include information from official
court records on witness testimony and quality of evidence, information
from prison staff and probation/parole officers, and social,
demographic, and criminal history for defendants. In this dataset it is
also possible to trace defendants through the criminal justice system
from arrest to disposition.