Pennsylvania Sentencing Data, 1977, 1980, 1983 (ICPSR 8327)

Principal Investigator(s): Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission


This data collection contains information on sentencing decisions in Pennsylvania for three years: 1977, 1980, and 1983. The 1977 data are based on separate 12-percent random samples of sentences selected from each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. The 1980 data were collected in 23 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. The sampling strategy varied by county, and a description is included in the codebook. The 1983 data are based on sentencing guideline forms submitted to the Commission by sentencing judges. The data include sentences imposed for felony and misdemeanor offenses, excluding driving under the influence. All three files contain demographic information, including defendant's sex, race, age, prior record, offense charge, sentences imposed, weapon usage, victim information, and socioeconomic status.

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:  1977 Data Collection - Download All Files (5.795 MB)
DS2:  1980 Data Collection - Download All Files (5.586 MB)
DS3:  Guideline Evaluation and Monitoring System, 1983 - Download All Files (10.631 MB)

Study Description


Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission. Pennsylvania Sentencing Data, 1977, 1980, 1983. ICPSR08327-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1983.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    counties, defendants, felony offenses, judicial decisions, misdemeanor offenses, sentencing, sentencing guidelines

Geographic Coverage:    Pennsylvania, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1977
  • 1980
  • 1983

Data Type(s):    administrative records data


Data Source:

1977: Records from the Pennsylvania clerk of courts, state police, probation office, and district attorney. 1980: Records from the Pennsylvania clerk of courts, and state police. 1983: Guideline sentence forms submitted to the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission from sentencing judges.


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-05-24

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8327.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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