National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention .
National Judicial Reporting Program, 1996 (ICPSR 2660)
Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Summary: This data collection tabulates the number of persons convicted of felonies in state courts and describes their sentences. Data were collected from state courts and state prosecutors in 344 counties of the United States. The collection contains sociodemographic information such as age, race, and sex of the felon. Types of offenses committed include homicide, rape, and robbery. Adjudication variables referring to the process between arrest and sentencing are also a part of this dataset. Data can b... (more info)
The data are restricted from general dissemination. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete a Restricted Data Use Agreement and specify the reasons for the request. A copy of the Restricted Data Use Agreement form can be requested by calling 800-999-0960. Researchers can also download this form as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file from the download page associated with this dataset. Completed forms should be returned to: Director, National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, P.O. Box 1248, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248, or by fax: 734-647-8200.
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. National Judicial Reporting Program, 1996. ICPSR02660-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-04-08. doi:10.3886/ICPSR02660.v3
Persistent URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02660.v3
Scope of Study
Summary: This data collection tabulates the number of persons convicted of felonies in state courts and describes their sentences. Data were collected from state courts and state prosecutors in 344 counties of the United States. The collection contains sociodemographic information such as age, race, and sex of the felon. Types of offenses committed include homicide, rape, and robbery. Adjudication variables referring to the process between arrest and sentencing are also a part of this dataset. Data can be analyzed at the national level or by individual counties.
Subject Terms: arrests, assault, auto theft, burglary, case processing, convictions (law), counties, demographic characteristics, drug law offenses, felony courts, felony offenses, homicide, larceny, manslaughter, murder, rape, robbery, sentencing, state courts
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Sentenced felons in the United States.
Data Types: event/transaction data
Data Collection Notes:
Compiled by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
Sample: A two-stage stratified cluster sampling design was employed. At the first stage, 344 counties were selected from the 3,195 total counties in the nation. At the second stage, a systematic sample of felons sentenced for murder/nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, felony larceny/motor vehicle theft, drug trafficking, and other offenses were selected from each county's official records.
official court records
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Performed consistency checks.
- Standardized missing values.
- Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1999-05-12
- 2011-04-08 All parts are being moved to restricted access and will be available only using the restricted access procedures.
- 2001-03-27 Column locations of variables were corrected in the codebook to reflect the column locations in the data file. Frequencies in the codebook were also corrected.
- 2000-12-14 An errata page supplied by the principal investigator in reference to erroneous data for Dade County, FL, Pinellas County, FL, Washoe County, NV, Santa Clara, CA, and Otero County, CO, has been added to the codebook.
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