Pretrial Services Resource Center
This data collection effort was undertaken to determine
whether accurate and comprehensive pretrial data can be collected at
the local level and subsequently aggregated at the state and federal
levels. The data contained in this collection provide a picture of
felony defendants' movements through the criminal courts. Offenses were
recoded into 14 broad categories that conform to the Bureau of Justice
Statistics' crime definitions. Other variables include sex, race, age,
prior record, relationship to criminal justice system at the time of
the offense, pretrial release, detention decisions, court appearances,
pretrial rearrest, adjudication, and sentencing. The unit of analysis
is the defendant.
National Pretrial Reporting Program Series
One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions
; consult the
restrictions note to learn more.
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Any public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public.
Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.
No downloadable data files available.
Pretrial Services Resource Center. National Pretrial Reporting Program, 1988-1989. ICPSR09508-v3. [distributor], 2013-06-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09508.v3
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09508.v3
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This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (84-BJ-CX-K003)
Scope of Study
criminal justice system,
Date of Collection:
Felony court filings during February 1988 in the 75 most
populous counties in the United States.
Data Collection Notes:
Per agreement with Pretrial Services Resource Center,
ICPSR distributes the data file without the statute number variables.
In a two-stage sampling process, the first stage was a
stratified sample to select 39 of the 75 most populous counties, and
the second stage was a systematic sample of defendants based on felony
filings within each selected county.
National Pretrial Reporting Program official data
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 recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1991-05-03
- 2013-06-12 All parts are being moved to restricted access and will be available only using the restricted access procedures.
- 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one
or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well
as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable,
and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to
reflect these additions.
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