Offender Based Transaction Statistics (OBTS) Series RSS

Investigator(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Offender Based Transaction Statistics (OBTS) series was designed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics to collect information tracking adult offenders from the point of entry into the criminal justice system (typically by arrest), through final disposition, regardless of whether the offender is convicted or acquitted. Collected by individual states from existing data, the datasets include all cases that reached disposition during the calendar year. Using the individual adult offender as the unit for analysis, selected information is provided about the offender and his or her arrest, prosecution, and court disposition. Examples of variables included are arrest and level of arrest charge, date of arrest, charge filed by the prosecutor, prosecutor or grand jury disposition, type of counsel, type of trial, court disposition, sentence type, and minimum and maximum sentence length. Dates of disposition of each stage of the process allow for tracking of time spent at each stage.

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Most Recent Publications

2010
Helms, Ronald,  Costanza, S. E. . Modeling the politics of punishment: A contexual analysis of racial disparity in drug sentencing. Criminal Justice Review. 35, (4), 472-491.
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2009
Helms, Ronald . Modeling the politics of punishment: A conceptual and empirical analysis of 'law in action' in criminal sentencing. Journal of Criminal Justice. 37, (1), 10-20.
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2002
Helms, Ronald,  Jacobs, David . The political context of sentencing: An analysis of community and individual determinants. Social Forces. 81, (2), 577-604.
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2001
Duncan, Susan C.,  Duncan, Terry E.,  Strycker, Lisa A. Qualitative and quantitative shifts in adolescent problem behavior development: A cohort-sequential multivariate latent growth modeling approach. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 23, (1), 43-50.
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1997
Daly, Kathleen,  Tonry, Michael . Gender, race and sentencing. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
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1995
(author unknown) . Juvenile Justice: Juveniles Processed in Criminal Court and Case Dispositions. Washington, DC: United States General Accounting Office.
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1994
Nelson, James F. A dollar or a day: Sentencing misdemeanants in New York State. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 31, (2), 183-201.
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1993
Kaune, Michael Merlin . The Impact of Sentencing Reform on Sentencing Practices in Four States. Dissertation, Sam Houston State University.
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1993
Lynch, James P. A cross-national comparison of the length of custodial sentences for serious crimes. Justice Quarterly. 10, (4), 639-660.
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1992
Jentleson, Bruce W. The Pretty Prudent Public: Post Post-Vietnam American Opinion on the Use of the Military Force. International Studies Quarterly. 36, (1), 49-74.
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