National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

New Jersey Statewide Criminal Justice Guidelines Evaluation, 1980: Inmate Survey Data (ICPSR 7911)

Principal Investigator(s): Sparks, Richard F.


This data collection is the result of a project established to study the development, implementation, and use of statewide sentencing guidelines and to report the perceptions of criminal justice system personnel and inmates regarding those guidelines. Funded by the National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, the project was carried out by the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice from October 1978 to June 1981. Additional data produced by this project are contained in two other studies held by ICPSR: MASSACHUSETTS STATEWIDE CRIMINAL JUSTICE GUIDELINES EVALUATION, 1979 (ICPSR 7909) and NEW JERSEY STATEWIDE CRIMINAL JUSTICE GUIDELINES EVALUATION, 1979 (ICPSR 7910). The data in this study consist of interviews to determine the opinions of inmates about the relative seriousness of offenses, severity of punishments, appropriateness of penalties for various kinds of crimes, and the use of sentencing guidelines to structure judicial sentencing decisions. Frequency distributions and the survey instrument are included in the documentation.

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Study Description


Sparks, Richard F. New Jersey Statewide Criminal Justice Guidelines Evaluation, 1980: Inmate Survey Data. ICPSR07911-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (78-NI-AX-0147)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, crime, criminal justice system, defendants, disposition (legal), inmates, offender profiles, offenders, offenses, punishment, sentencing, sentencing guidelines, state correctional facilities, state courts

Geographic Coverage:    New Jersey, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1980

Date of Collection:   

  • 1980 (summer)

Universe:    Rahway, New Jersey, State Prison inmates in 1980.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The sample was obtained by dividing inmates in either minimum and maximum/medium security status, and then randomly sampling within these two frames, selecting a higher proportion of inmates under minimum security to compensate for their relative rarity.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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