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Criminal Justice Outcomes of Male Offenders in 14 Jurisdictions in the United States, 1985-1988 (ICPSR 9671) RSS

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This data collection provides information on multiple prosecutions for individual offenders. The data are intended for use in the exploration and description of relationships among the various elements of the adjudication process (characteristics of the offender and offense and decisions made by various actors in the prosecution and sentencing of the offenders). The sampled incidents were drawn from two types of offenses: residential burglary and armed robbery. The collection includes only those incidents involving male offenders who were previously unknown to their victims and who were facing adjudication in adult court. The data collection instrument probed five areas for each offender and incident sampled: A. Related Incidents (information to identify all other incidents for which processing overlapped that of the sampled incident), B. Incident Description (information about the criminal incident itself, such as date and location of the incident, date of arrest, victims, weapons, accomplices, witnesses, and evidence), C. Adjudication Process (information such as bond amount, legal representation, adjudication events and outcomes, date of sentencing, and type and length of incarceration), D. Defendant (information about the defendant himself, including date of birth, race/descent, and employment status), and E. Prior Record (information about the defendant's record, such as his age at first arrest and first incarceration, the number of times he was incarcerated, and history of drug and/or alcohol abuse).

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Montgomery, MD (Washington, DC) - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS2:  Baltimore City, MD - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS3:  San Diego, CA - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS4:  Sacramento, CA - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
DS5:  Los Angeles, CA - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
DS6:  Tarrant, TX (Fort Worth) - Download All Files (5.5 MB)
DS7:  Dallas, TX - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
DS8:  Manhattan, NY - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS9:  Queens, NY - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
DS10:  Wayne, MI (Detroit) - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS11:  Cook, IL (Chicago) - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS12:  Jackson, MO (Kansas City) - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS13:  St. Louis City, MO - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS14:  Fulton, GA (Atlanta) - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
DS15:  Codebook for All Parts - Download All Files (4.6 MB)
DS16:  SAS Data Definition Statements for All Parts - Download All Files (4.6 MB)
DS17:  SPSS Data Definition Statements for All Parts - Download All Files (4.6 MB)

Study Description


Abrahamse, Allan F., Patricia A. Ebener, and Stephen P. Klein. CRIMINAL JUSTICE OUTCOMES OF MALE OFFENDERS IN 14 JURISDICTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1985-1988. Compiled by RAND Corporation. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 2003.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (86-BJ-CX-0005)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   armed robbery, arrests, burglary, criminal histories, judicial process, male offenders, prosecution, sentencing

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985--1988

Date of Collection:  

  • 1986--1988

Universe:   Criminal cases presented to a prosecutor and involving armed robbery or residential burglary.

Data Types:   administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

In this hierarchical dataset, an offender may have up to three record types. The first-level record type (present for every offender) includes data taken from sections A through E of the main survey form. A single case may have supplementary B and C records. For first-level records, there are 661 variables and a maximum record length of 1,596. For second-level B records, there are 88 variables and a maximum record length of 147. For third-level C records, there are 235 variables and a maximum record length of 556.


Sample:   The jurisdictions to be surveyed were selected according to three criteria: (1) the inclusion of at least one site in each of the four major census regions, (2) the inclusion of approximately two sites per state, and (3) the inclusion of at least one site in New York City. Within each site, a random sample of armed robbery and residential burglary cases was selected.

Data Source:

intake logs and computerized records of court and other agency databases

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 17 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 15 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2003-12-02 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been updated, and the ASCII codebook has been updated and converted to PDF.

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