Research Notes give background information on the technical details of the Commission’s data collection and analysis process. They are designed to help researchers use the Commission’s datafiles by providing answers to common data analysis questions.
Issue 1: Collection of Individual Offender Data
This first edition of Research Notes explains how the Commission collects and analyzes sentencing information, and describes the Commission’s many datafiles. (Published July 17, 2019)
Issue 2: Analyzing Federal Sentence Length & Type
This second edition of Research Notes explains how the Commission collects and reports information on the sentences imposed on individual offenders, and describes analytical issues that may arise when using the Commission’s sentencing data. (Published September 26, 2019)
Issue 3: Offense Type & Sentencing Guideline Analysis Issues Prior to Fiscal Year 2018
This third edition of Research Notes explains the methodology the Commission used prior to fiscal year 2018 to create two key variables that classified offenders’ federal offenses and report information to the public. (Published November 14, 2019)