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NCJ Number: 115299 Find in a Library
Title: Effects of Prior Record in Sentencing Research in a Large Northeastern City, 1968-79
Author(s): S Welch; C Spohn
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Publication Number: ICPSR 8929
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This codebook explains the variables, coding system, and research methodology used to gather a set of data focusing on the impact of defendants' prior criminal records on the sentencing of male and female defendants who committed violent and nonviolent crimes.
Abstract: The research also focused on the types of prior records that most influenced the sentencing judges. The data came from a random sample from all defendants in felony cases heard between 1968 and 1979 in a large northeastern city of the United States. The variables in the data set specifically deal with the defendant, the judge, and the characteristics of the current case. The cases in the data set all fall into one of 14 categories of common offenses: murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, assault, minor assault, burglary, automobile theft, embezzlement, receiving stolen property, forgery, sex offenses other than rape, drug possession, and driving while intoxicated. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Sentencing factors
Index Term(s): Adult felony system; Conviction records; Data collections; Research methods
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