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

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Summary:

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

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  1977 Data Collection - Download All Files (5.8 MB)
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DS2:  1980 Data Collection - Download All Files (5.6 MB)
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DS3:  Guideline Evaluation and Monitoring System, 1983 - Download All Files (10.6 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission. Pennsylvania Sentencing Data, 1977, 1980, 1983. ICPSR08327-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1983. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08327.v1

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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 Types:   administrative records data

Methodology

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.

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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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