Felony Prosecution and Sentencing in North Carolina, 1981-1982 (ICPSR 8307)

Published: Mar 30, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Stevens H. Clarke


Version V3

This survey assesses the impact of a determinant sentencing law, the Fair Sentencing Act, which became effective July 1, 1981, in North Carolina. Specific variables include information from official court records on witness testimony and quality of evidence, information from prison staff and probation/parole officers, and social, demographic, and criminal history for defendants. In this dataset it is also possible to trace defendants through the criminal justice system from arrest to disposition.

Clarke, Stevens H. Felony Prosecution and Sentencing in North Carolina, 1981-1982. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-03-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08307.v3

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (80-IJ-CX-0004)

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

1981 -- 1982

Twelve counties were selected on the basis of region, urbanization, and workload of the court.

Statewide data from 12 counties along with District and Superior court files from three months in 1979 and 1981.

police and court files

event/transaction data



2006-03-30 File CB8307.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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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.