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Publication Penal Code Citations - Sentencing in 18 American Felony Courts, 1983

March 1, 1987    NCJ 105517

The study collected data on sentences imposed on courts of general juridiction for selected felony crimes: homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, and drug trafficking. This report describes study methodology (site selection, data collection, and data comparability), sampling, codebook information, and data processing information. Following the variable description list, the main body of the report presents coding information for each variable. Each entry contains the variable and reference numbers, the abbreviated variable name, the code values of missing data, the starting location and width of the variable when the data are stored on a magnetic tape in the OSIRIS format, the location by deck and column of the variable when the data are stored on a magnetic tape in the OSIRIS format, and the location by deck and column of the variable when the data are stored on cards or in card-image format. Each entry also contains the full-text of the question that yielded data for the variable, indication as to whether the variable has been declared continuous, the code values, and the textual definitions of the codes. Appended methodological notes.

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