Impact of Sentencing Reforms and Speedy Trial Laws in the United States, 1969-1989 (ICPSR 9736)
The certainty and promptness of punishment have long been hypothesized to be important variables in deterring crime. This data collection evaluates whether sentencing reforms to enhance certainty of punishment and speedy trial laws to enhance promptness of punishment affected crime rates, prison admissions, and prison populations. Variables include state, year, crime reports, economic conditions, population (including age structure), prison population, prison releases, and prison admissions. The unit of observation is the state by the year.
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Marvell, Thomas B., and Carlisle E. Moody, Jr. IMPACT OF SENTENCING REFORMS AND SPEEDY TRIAL LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1969-1989. Williamsburg, VA: Justec Research [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09736.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09736.v1
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (88-IJ-CX-0045)
Scope of Study
Geographic Coverage: United States
This collection contains two 87-character records per case.
(1) "Prisoners and Prison Admissions and Releases," from Bureau of Justice Statistics reports, (2) Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Report, 1972-1990, (3) United States Bureau of the Census population data, and (4) United States Department of Commerce economic data
Original ICPSR Release: 1992-03-04
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