Principal Investigator(s): McDonald, William F.; Athens, Lonnie A.; Minton, Thomas J.
This survey of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges in jurisdictions with sentence enhancement statutes for repeat offenders collected information about the characteristics of the laws and criminal justice professionals regarding the fairness, effectiveness, and practice of the laws. The jurisdiction file includes variables such as jurisdiction size, number of provisions in the law, number of felony cases handled under the law per year, number of defendants sentenced as repeat offenders, frequency of charging and sentencing under the law, and minimum and maximum sentences specified in the statutes. The variables in the three surveys of practitioners contain data related to their familiarity with the laws, descriptions of recent cases, and satisfaction with the new statutes.
These data are freely available.
McDonald, William F., Lonnie A. Athens, and Thomas J. Minton. Repeat Offender Laws in the United States: Forms, Uses, and Perceived Value, 1983. ICPSR09328-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. doi:10.3886/ICPSR09328.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09328.v1
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (83-IJ-CX-0023)
Scope of Study
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: General recidivist laws in effect during 1983 in the United States.
Data Types: survey data
Sample: Within each of the 49 jurisdictions with general repeat offender laws, two local jurisdictions were randomly selected: one from localities with populations between 50,000 and 250,000 in 1980, and the other from larger localities. Criminal justice professionals who were familiar with the repeat offender laws were selected from a convenience sample of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges.
Legal reference books, and telephone surveys.
Original ICPSR Release: 1990-05-01
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