Effects of Prior Record in Sentencing Research in a Large Northeastern City, 1968-1979 [electronic resource] : [United States] / Susan Welch, Cassia Spohn

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Ann Arbor, Mich. : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988.
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This data collection examines the impact of defendants' prior criminal records on the sentencing of male and female defendants committing violent and non-violent crimes. The collection also provides data on which types of prior records most influenced the sentencing judges. Variables deal specifically with the defendant, the judge and the characteristics of the current case. Only cases that fell into one of 14 categories of common offenses were included. These offenses were murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, assault, minor assault, burglary, auto theft, embezzlement, receiving stolen property, forgery, sex offenses other than rape, drug possession, and driving while intoxicated.
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Time and place of event
Start: 1968; and end: 1979.
Geographic coverage
United States
Funding information
United States Department of Justice. National Institute of Justice. 84-IJ-CX-0035
System details
Mode of access: Intranet.
Methodology note
  • Data source: court records
  • Universe: All defendants in felony cases heard between 1968 and 1979 in a large northeastern city of the United States.
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