Principal Investigator(s): Silverstein, Lee; Nagel, Stuart S.
This study presents data about criminal court cases in the 50 states and District of Columbia in 1962. Variables include state and county of trial, case processing, offense charged, sentence, type of counsel, amount of bail, length of time in jail, and other aspects related to the disposition of the cases. Demographic information on the defendant is provided, such as age group, sex, race, and years of school completed.
These data are freely available.
Silverstein, Lee, and Stuart S. Nagel. AMERICAN BAR FOUNDATION: STATE CRIMINAL COURT CASES, 1962. ICPSR version. Urbana-Champaign, IL: Stuart S. Nagel, University of Illinois, Dept. of Political Science [producer], 1965. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. doi:10.3886/ICPSR07272.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07272.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: American Bar Foundation, arrest procedures, arrests, bail, courtroom proceedings, criminal courts, defendants, defense counsel, imprisonment, legal representation, legal systems, offenses, sentencing, trial procedures, trials, United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Criminal court cases in the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 1962.
Data Types: aggregate data
Data Collection Notes:
The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.
Sample: A sample of cases from 194 counties was selected and weighted to yield a national cross-section of cases.
criminal 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:
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-05-03
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