United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
The National Survey of Prosecutors is a biennial survey of
chief prosecutors in state court systems. A chief prosecutor is an
official, usually locally elected and typically with the title of
district attorney or county attorney, who is in charge of a
prosecutorial district made up of one or more counties, and who
conducts or supervises the prosecution of felony cases in a state
court system. Prosecutors in courts of limited jurisdiction, such as
municipal prosecutors, were not included in the survey. The survey's
purpose was to obtain detailed descriptive information on prosecutors'
offices, as well as information on their policies and practices. The
data collection instrument was based on questions that were included
in the NATIONAL PROSECUTORS SURVEY, 1994 (ICPSR 6785), and also added
queries on topics of current concern. Variables cover staffing,
workload, funding, what type of computer access the office had,
whether the office was part of an integrated computerized system with
other specific criminal agencies, the use of DNA evidence in plea
negotiations of felony trials, which laboratories performed these DNA
analyses, juvenile matters, and risks associated with the role of the
prosecutor, such as threatening letters or calls, face-to-face
assaults, or batter/assaults. The unit of analysis is the district
National Prosecutors Survey Series
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United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. National Prosecutors Survey, 1996. ICPSR02433-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02433.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02433.v1
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This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Scope of Study
policies and procedures,
Date of Collection:
Prosecutorial districts in the United States, usually
consisting entirely of one county.
Data Collection Notes:
Conducted by the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
A list of all prosecutorial districts that handled felony
cases was compiled by the Bureau of the Census from the approximately
3,100 counties and independent cities in the United States (total
2,343). The list consisted of 2,343 prosecutorial districts, 1992
population figures, and 1992 Uniform Crime Reports Part I adult arrest
data by county. From this file the Census Bureau drew a stratified
systematic sample. The 2,343 prosecutorial districts were grouped into
6 strata, depending on the number of Part I adult arrests in
1992. Within each stratum, districts were systematically selected for
the sample. A sample of 308 districts was chosen that is expected to
yield a coefficient of variation of about 2 percent for variables
correlated with population and arrests. A questionnaire was mailed to
the chief prosecutor of each district.
self-enumerated questionnaires, and telephone
interviews for offices not initially reported
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these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1998-11-16
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