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Prosecutor's Management and Information System (PROMIS), New Orleans, 1979 (ICPSR 8219) RSS

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The Prosecutor's Management and Information System (PROMIS) is a computer-based management information system for public prosecution agencies. PROMIS was initially developed with funds from the United States Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) to cope with the problems of a large, urban prosecution agency where mass production operations had superseded the traditional practice of a single attorney preparing and prosecuting a given case from inception to final disposition. The combination of massive volumes of cases and the assembly-line fragmentation of responsibility and control had created a situation in which one case was indistinguishable from another and the effects of problems at various stages in the assembly line on ultimate case disposition went undetected and uncorrected. One unique feature of PROMIS that addresses these problems is the automated evaluation of cases. Through the application of a uniform set of criteria, PROMIS assigns two numerical ratings to each case: one signifying the gravity of the crime through a measurement of the amount of harm done to society, and the other signifying the gravity of the prior criminal record of the accused. These ratings make it possible to select the more important cases for intensive, pre-trial preparation and to assure even-handed treatment of cases of like gravity. A complementary feature of PROMIS is the automation of reasons for decisions made or actions taken along the assembly line. Reasons for dismissing cases prior to trial on their merits can be related to earlier cycles of postponements for various reasons and to the reasoning behind intake and screening decisions. The PROMIS data include information about the defendant, case characteristics and processes, charge, sentencing and continuance processes, and the witnesses/victims involved with a case. PROMIS was first used in 1971 in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. To enhance the ability to transfer the PROMIS concepts and software to other communities, LEAA awarded a grant to the Institute for Law and Social Research (INSLAW) in Washington, DC. The New Orleans PROMIS data collection is a product of this grant.

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  • These data are freely available.

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Institute for Law and Social Research. Prosecutor's Management and Information System (PROMIS), New Orleans, 1979. ICPSR08219-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984. doi:10.3886/ICPSR08219.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   case management, case processing, computer programs, court cases, crime, criminal justice system, databases, decision making, defendants, disposition (legal), information systems, prosecuting attorneys, sentencing, victims, witnesses

Geographic Coverage:   Louisiana, New Orleans, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1979

Date of Collection:  

  • 1979

Universe:   All records from the Prosecutor's Management and Information System in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1979.

Data Types:   administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

The New Orleans PROMIS dataset is a hierarchical dataset with 88,185 records and six record types. Each record includes data about a particular aspect of a case, including data about the defendants (11 variables), cases (77 variables), charges (18 variables), sentencing (22 variables), continuances (20 variables), and witnesses/victims (7 variables).

Methodology

Data Source:

New Orleans, Louisiana, Prosecutor's Management and Information System

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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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