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Multnomah County [Oregon] Jury Project, 1973-1976 (ICPSR 9030) RSS

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Summary:

The Multnomah County, Oregon, Jury Project was conducted as part of the Modeling Jury Decision Project funded by the National Science Foundation. These data represent a census of 32 jury panels that served from July 1973 through March 1976 in the Fourth Circuit Court in Multnomah County (Portland), Oregon. Information was obtained for both six-member and twelve-member juries. Data were collected from official court records, monthly juror panel summaries, and self-administered juror demographic data sheets. Information collected includes members of the jury, their votes, the final verdict, the type of case, the name of the judge, and the amount of time taken by the jury to arrive at a decision, as well as each juror's age, occupation, years of residence in Oregon, educational background, family information, and information on past juries and trials they were involved in. The data include both individual-level juror and aggregate jury case data, with information on 6,657 jurors and 1,159 trials.

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  • One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.

  • These data are freely available.

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Citation

Grofman, Bernard. Multnomah County [Oregon] Jury Project, 1973-1976. ICPSR09030-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984. doi:10.3886/ICPSR09030.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program (SOC 75-14091 and SOC 77-24702)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   convictions (law), courts, criminal justice system, demographic characteristics, judicial decisions, juries, jury deliberations, justice, sentencing, verdicts

Geographic Coverage:   Oregon, Portland (Oregon), United States

Time Period:  

  • 1973-07--1976-03

Date of Collection:  

  • 1975--1976

Universe:   All jury panels in Multnomah County, Oregon, from July 1973 to March 1976.

Data Types:   administrative records data, and survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Although there is information for 6,657 jurors, there are actually a total of 6,892 cases in the data file. The extra 235 cases are dummy cases. Users should see variable 9, CASEFILT, located in column 23 for an explanation regarding these dummy cases.

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trial summaries, monthly juror panel summaries, and self-enumerated questionnaires

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