Principal Investigator(s): United States Sentencing Commission
The United States Sentencing Commission, established by the 98th Congress, is an independent agency in the judicial branch of government. The Commission recommends guidelines prescribing the appropriate form and severity of punishment for offenders convicted of federal crimes. These data were collected to determine whether sentencing disparities existed and whether the guidelines were adequate. Basic information in the collection includes a description of the offense, characterization of the defendant's background and criminal record, method of disposition of the case, and sentence imposed. Felony and misdemeanor cases are included while petty offense cases are excluded. Three types of additional information were used to augment the existing data: (1) more detailed offense and offender characteristics identified by the United States Sentencing Commission but coded by federal probation officers, (2) actual time served in prison from the SENTRY data file of the United States Bureau of Prisons, and (3) information necessary to estimate prospective release dates from the hearing files of the United States Parole Commission. The unit of analysis is the defendant.
These data are freely available.
U.S. Sentencing Commission. AUGMENTED FEDERAL PROBATION, SENTENCING, AND SUPERVISION INFORMATION SYSTEM, 1985. 2nd ICPSR release. Washington, DC: U.S. Sentencing Commission [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09664.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09664.v2
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Scope of Study
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Individuals sentenced for serious misdemeanor or felony offenses between October 1, 1984, and September 30, 1985, in United States District Courts.
Data Types: administrative records data
Data Collection Notes:
For reasons of confidentiality, specific information identifying defendants has been eliminated from these data.
Sample: Stratified random sample.
records from the Administrative Office of the United States Court's Federal Probation Sentencing and Supervision Information System
Original ICPSR Release: 1992-01-10
- 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 6 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
- 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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