Cunniff, Mark A.
The purposes of this study are to describe sentencing
outcomes in felony courts for selected serious offenses--homicide,
rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and drug
trafficking--and to establish a statistical series on sentencing
outcomes in felony courts throughout the United States. The
jurisdictions consist of cities and counties with an average
population of 1.1 million. Among the jurisdictions, the
sentencing schemes available varied, with both determinate and
indeterminate sentencing practices in operation. The study
distinguishes between core informational items such as criminal
charges, type of sentence imposed and terms of the prison
sentence, and optional items such as characteristics of the
offense and the defendant, and how the case was processed.
Cunniff, Mark A. Sentencing Outcomes in 28 Felony Courts, 1985 [United States]. ICPSR08708-v1. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-01-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08708.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08708.v1
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This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (82-BJ-CX K046)
Scope of Study
Twenty-eight jurisdictions with populations ranging from
294,000 to 7,900,000.
All sentences meted out in courts of general jurisdiction
for seven felony offenses. Sampling was low for homicide and rape but
higher for burglary, larceny, and drug trafficking. The cases are
weighted by the inverse of their sampling ratio with 23,389 records
adjusted to represent 71,231 weighted records.
court records, prosecutorial or criminal justice
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these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
Standardized missing values.
Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
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