Judicial decision guidelines for bail [electronic resource] : the Philadelphia experiment, 1981-1982.

Goldcamp, John S. [Browse]
Data file
Ann Arbor, MI : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1985.
Extent of collection: 1 data file + SPSS data definition statements.


Restrictions note
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Summary note
The purpose of this study was to test the utility of draft guidelines in informing judicial decisions about bail. A sample of judges, based upon a stratified quota sampling design, was selected from the Philadephia Municipal Court to rule on sample cases. Eight judges were randomly selected to use guidelines and be "experimental judges," and eight others were randomly selected to be nonguideline or "control judges." Data for the sample cases were taken from defendants' files. Variables provided in this collection include number of suspects involved, number of different offenses charged, most serious injury experienced by the victim(s), preliminary arraignment disposition, amount of bail, socioeconomic status and demographics of the defendant, prior criminal history of the defendant, and reason for granting or denying bail.
  • Codebook available in print and electronic format.
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 2, 2009).
  • Holding archive: Criminal Justice Archive and Information Network.
  • "First ICPSR Edition, 1985"--T.p. of accompanying codebook.
Type of data
Extent of collection: 1 data file + SPSS data definition statements.
Time and place of event
  • Date(s) of collection: 1981-1982.
  • Time period: 1981-1982.
Geographic coverage
Geographic coverage: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States.
Funding information
  • Funding agency: United States Department of Justice. National Institute of Justice, and National Institute of Corrections.
  • Grant number: NIJ: 81-IJR-0027, NIC: OJ-ARS-84-M-105.
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Case file characteristics
1 rectangular file, 1,920 cases, 150 variables, 80 character logical record length, 13 record per case.
Methodology note
  • Data source: Philadelphia Municipal Court records.
  • Sample: court records of 16 judges.
  • Universe: Philadelphia Municipal Court judges during 1981-1982.
Cite as
Goldkamp, John S., and Michael R. Gottfredson. JUDICIAL DECISION GUIDELINES FOR BAIL: THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT, 1981-1982 [Computer file]. Albany, NY: Michael J. Hindelang, Criminal Justice Research Center [producer], 1982. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1985.
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