Plea Bargaining in the United States, 1978 (ICPSR 7775)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Herbert S. Miller; William McDonald; James A. Cramer

Version V1

This study was conducted in 1978 at the Institute of Criminal Law and Procedure of the Georgetown University Law Center. The study consists of three files. The first contains information from 3,397 case files in six United States cities. The 63 variables include demographic information on the accused and the victim, past record of the accused, seriousness of the offense, pleas entered, speed of trial process, and sentencing. The second file contains information gathered from in-court observations focused on the formal supervision of plea bargaining by judges. There are approximately 33 variables for each of the 711 court observations. The third file consists of the results of a plea bargaining simulation game. There are 17 variables for each of the 479 cases in the file.

Miller, Herbert S., McDonald, William, and Cramer, James A. Plea Bargaining in the United States, 1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (77-NI-99-0049)



2006-01-18 File CB7775.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.


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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.