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Sentencing in Eight United States District Courts, 1973-1978 (ICPSR 8622)

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Summary:

This data collection provides information about sentencing patterns established by the United States District Courts for federal offenses. It is one of only a few studies that examine federal sentencing patterns, court involvement, sentencing, and criminal histories. Eleven types of crimes are included: bank robbery, embezzlement, income tax evasion, mail theft, forgery, drugs, random other, false claims, homicide, bribery of a public official, and mail fraud. There are three kinds of data files that pertain to the 11 types of crimes: psi files, offense files, and AO files. The psi files describe defendant demographic background and criminal history. The offense files contain questions tailored to a particular type of offense committed by a defendant and the results of conviction and sentencing. The AO files provide additional information on defendants' background characteristics, court records, and dates of court entry and exit.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  PSI: Bank Embezzlement - Download All Files (13.9 MB)
DS2:  PSI: Bank Robbery - Download All Files (14.3 MB)
DS3:  PSI: Random Other - Download All Files (14.2 MB)
DS4:  PSI: Forgery - Download All Files (14.4 MB)
DS5:  PSI: Mail Theft - Download All Files (12.9 MB)
DS6:  PSI: Narcotics - Download All Files (14.3 MB)
DS7:  PSI: Income Tax - Download All Files (14.1 MB)
DS8:  PSI: Bribery - Download All Files (14 MB)
DS9:  PSI: False Claims - Download All Files (13.9 MB)
DS10:  PSI: Homicide - Download All Files (13.9 MB)
DS11:  PSI: Mail Fraud - Download All Files (12.5 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS12:  Offense: Bank Embezzlement - Download All Files (12.6 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS13:  Offense: Bank Robbery - Download All Files (12.6 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS14:  Offense: Random Other - Download All Files (12.7 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS15:  Offense: Forgery - Download All Files (12.6 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS16:  Offense: Mail Theft - Download All Files (12.4 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS17:  Offense: Mail Fraud - Download All Files (12.5 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS18:  Offense: Narcotics - Download All Files (12.6 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS19:  Offense: Income Tax - Download All Files (12.6 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS20:  Offense: Bribery - Download All Files (12.5 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS21:  Offense: False Claims - Download All Files (12.5 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS22:  Offense: Homicide - Download All Files (12.6 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS23:  Offense: Add Narcotics - Download All Files (12.3 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS24:  AO: Combined - Download All Files (12.7 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS25:  AO: Bribery - Download All Files (12.4 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS26:  AO: Homicide - Download All Files (12.4 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup
DS27:  AO: False Claims - Download All Files (12.4 MB)
Data:
ASCII
ASCII + SPSS Setup

Study Description

Citation

Forst, Brian, and William Rhodes. Sentencing in Eight United States District Courts, 1973-1978. ICPSR08622-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08622.v3

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (J-42723)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   convictions (law), corruption, court cases, crime, criminal justice system, drug law offenses, drugs, federal courts, murder, robbery, sentencing

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1973--1978

Date of Collection:  

  • 1978

Universe:   All defendants sentenced in Federal District Courts from 1973-1978 for 11 selected offenses.

Data Types:   event/transaction data, survey data

Methodology

Sample:   The eight districts were selected to represent a degree of geographic spread and variation in size. The most recent 120 presentence investigation reports per offense from each of the five largest districts were selected and the most recent 40 presentence investigation reports were chosen.

Data Source:

pre-sentence investigation reports prepared for the courts

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 28 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 28 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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