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

Principal Investigator(s): Clarke, Stevens H.


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.

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  • 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.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  1979 Data - Download All Files (8.132 MB)
DS2:  1979 SAS Control Card File - Download All Files (5.194 MB)

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DS3:  1981 Data - Download All Files (7.72 MB)
DS4:  1981 SAS Control Card File - Download All Files (5.194 MB)

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Study Description


Clarke, Stevens H. Felony Prosecution and Sentencing in North Carolina, 1981-1982. ICPSR08307-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08307.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08307.v3

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This study was funded by:

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

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    criminal justice system, sentencing, sentencing guidelines

Geographic Coverage:    North Carolina, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981--1982

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

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data


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

Data Source:

police and court files


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-10-09

Version History:

  • 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.

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