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.
Marvell, Thomas B., and Moody, Carlisle E. Jr. Impact of Sentencing Reforms and Speedy Trial Laws in the United States, 1969-1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-03-04. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09736.v1
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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (88-IJ-CX-0045)